A Deep and Meaningful Hallows to You!

Just a short note for the folks here who aren't on the Facebook group:  I wish you the most potent and meaningful of Hallows celebrations, and may your reflections on your ancestors and Death bring you wisdom. I am about to head off to my circle's annual Samhain/Hallows gathering, which I've described here. It will be …

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A Gift from the Dying

I'll cut to the chase: we're all dying. It's the only guaranteed fact of our lives: we die. Atheopaganism doesn't promise an afterlife. There really isn't compelling evidence to support the idea of one, and so we conclude (tentatively, at least) that it is unlikely that there is one. This is the life that we …

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After the Fire

It isn't really over, of course. Two dozen have lost their lives. Thousands are without homes, their possessions rendered to gray ashes. The most vulnerable among them--renters, the uninsured--will almost certainly flee our expensive region, despite admirable community efforts to raise funds to support them. The acrid smell of burned lives lingers in the air, …

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On the Edge of Darkness: Hallows Reflections 2016

It's a gray, dim day here in Sonoma County, under a foreboding blanket of low and heavy clouds. Forecasts are for showers throughout the day; it's one of those Halloweens where parents crane their necks and scowl at the sky throughout the day, wondering whether they'll get away with a dry window during trick or …

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