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
This review is a long time in the making, considerably longer than this site has been around. Back in the late 90s, I bought what I thought was my first copy of The Geneva Bible. I failed to notice the tag at the bottom of the cover that read "KJV," which renders that volume completely … Continue reading The Geneva Bible, 1560 Edition
We've explored The Hobbit. We've picked apart The Lord of the Rings. We've had some lighter weeks with LOTR's Appendices and Bilbo's Last Song. Now it's time to kick things up a notch and begin the next leg of the quest: The Silmarillion. This is where the rubber meets the road, the point that separates the … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Ainulindalë
This post is for those of you who are following my Tolkien quest at Silmarillion Blues, or for those who think you might want to. I'm working a little ahead of schedule behind the scenes right now because I wanted to make certain I had a solid foundation for what's coming. This week is the … Continue reading Planning Ahead: The Silmarillion
Michael Freze, S.F.O. is a name amongst names when it comes to the study of demonology. He's one of the more popular names in this esoteric field, having quite literally written the book on the subject. That work is actually a 12-volume series, which stands in addition to the rest of his extensive bibliography. For the curious, S.F.O. is short … Continue reading The Rite of Exorcism: The Roman Ritual: Rules, Procedures, Prayers of the Catholic Church by Michael Freze, S.F.O.