The theme this month seems to have been "return."
While not a Christian myself, I study the Middle Ages, so it's common to find treatises and texts from those deemed to be the spiritual masters. The vast majority of them are quite beautiful when not calling down some fire and brimstone upon those like myself who choose to see through the authoritarian nonsense, otherwise … Continue reading The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
After my buzzed-out-of-mind coffee post this morning (which was fun, I have to admit), I eventually normalized. Haven't felt that good in a very long time. I was able to deal with obnoxious coworkers, Amazon's incompetently circular customer service (again), and through it all, I was able to maintain my inner peace. See that? Therapy's … Continue reading The Art of Peace: A Reintroduction
I'm a couple of days early in releasing this, yes. And that's ok. I wanted to do this when I had plenty of time to think about it. When I first sat down to begin writing this post, my mind went blank. It was as though this month didn't happen, or perhaps it was so … Continue reading July 2018 Overview and Assessments
I wrote a post recently about how I gained a noble Scottish title as a final step on the path to knighthood some years ago. One of my readers -- Puddle Jumper Reads -- commented about wondering what that crest on my page was all about. It requires a full blog post to explain it … Continue reading “Knight of Angels”… What Does That Even Mean?
June has already come and gone. It's amazing, sometimes, how fast a month can fly by when others sort of drag. As I've gained a number of followers this month, it's probably best to point out that I've been doing a blog post like this every month this year, reassessing where I've been and what … Continue reading June 2018 Overview and Assessments
Fear, ignorance, and hate are the very things that keep "alternative" views, and those who live them, marginalized and oppressed. This bigotry can manifest at any level from simply turning a blind eye in the hopes that such people will go away to something more brutal: a beating, a lynching, a murder. A holocaust. A … Continue reading Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler
While not part of The Great Courses series, this is a lecture series very much in that tradition. Professor Peter Bouteneff is an instructor at Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. His lectures are, as the title suggests, designed as an introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of the Orthodox Church. From time to time, … Continue reading The Orthodox Christian Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices by Prof. Peter Bouteneff
Yesterday I was immersed in the music that influenced me. Even after the blogs were posted, I spent all day just listening. I relived, and in some cases rediscovered, a lot of memories. All in all, it was a gratifying experience. Today, other memories resurfaced. Being a lazy Sunday morning, and being awake far too … Continue reading Hide and Seek
Although this site was new-ish last year, I still did a year in review post. Having survived another year, I thought it only appropriate to do it again. Only this time, you'll forgive me if I don't bother hunting down all the links. This site has a search function, and everything's tagged, so if you … Continue reading 2017: In Review