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Portrayals of Thor in Movies and Television

Portrayals of Thor in Movies and Television

I’m sure many of you have seen the second installment in the Thor movies series by now. Jax wrote a review of the first movie when we saw a few years ago. I thought the second movie was neat, but it wasn’t awesome. But it did get me thinking about...
Orange is the New Black has Jax Thinking About Punishment and the US Prison System

Orange is the New Black has Jax Thinking About Punishment and the US Prison System

I was visiting my sister last week (hence GG graciously filling in for me<LINK>), and we binge watched the Netflix Original series Orange is the New Black. Have you seen it? If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a thirteen episode TV series inspired by Piper Kerman’s memoir about her year incarcerated in...
Exaggeration of Religious Behavior on Surveys

Exaggeration of Religious Behavior on Surveys

I heard a great story on NPR this morning about how people over report their religious behavior when they respond to surveys. Over reporting a behavior means a person says they do something more than they really do it. This is not unusual when the behavior being asked about is...
Keep TPP Weird: Three Unusual Traits About GG

Keep TPP Weird: Three Unusual Traits About GG

As I mentioned last week, Jax is on vacation. I’m posting a few not-too-long and not-too-serious articles in her absence. The Pagan Princesses live in Austin, where the city motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” It’s a rallying cry and a marketing strategy designed to encourage patronage of local businesses and...
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Travel to Cosmos Through Space and Time

Travel to Cosmos Through Space and Time

Jax is on vacation! So today’s post and next Tuesday’s post will be short and sweet. Well…they will be short. =) Today, I want to encourage you to watch the re-launch of the education program “Cosmos.” The original series, called “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” launched in 1980 and starred Carl Sagan, the acclaimed and widely...
The Nine Noble Virtues: Discipline

The Nine Noble Virtues: Discipline

Last week I said I was going to focus on discipline (one of the Nine Noble Virtues (NNV) of Heathenry) for the month of April, and as I’ve got a lot of changes coming up on the horizon, I think it’s going to be a really good one to start with. Discipline is a challenging...
Native Americans and Two-Spirit People

Native Americans and Two-Spirit People

I recently read an article about Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel of Oklahoma City. Darren and Jason are a couple and they wanted to get married. But they live in a state where their marriage is illegal. They say that love will find a way. And their love did. Cheyenne Arapahoe Tribal law (for...
Jump-starting Religion

Jump-starting Religion

I haven’t been a very good Pagan lately. Not like I’ve been doing anti-Pagan things, I just haven’t felt the spirit. I haven’t been thinking about Pagan issues. I haven’t been celebrating seasons or spending time with my ancestors. I’m certain this is tied into my grief over the crappy year TheScott and I have...
Finding Pagan-related Stories in Mainstream News

Finding Pagan-related Stories in Mainstream News

I’ve thinking lately about how Paganism is treated in mainstream media. We’ve written a lot of articles about Paganism and Pagans in the news — too many to cite here. There are great resources if you are interested in Pagan news by and for the Pagan community, like The Wild Hunt, Pagan News, and Pagan...
Acxiom Corporation Knows You. Do you Know Them?

Acxiom Corporation Knows You. Do you Know Them?

A good friend who’s a choir director introduced me to Vienna Teng’s “The Hymn of Acxiom” because it’s creepy, artistic, and amazing. Read the lyrics while you listen, and see if you don’t get chills and possibly a tick or two when the electronic chords morph into dissonance as the lyrics subtly change. Teng named...
The Rapunzel Tax: Water and Electricity Use and Long Hair

The Rapunzel Tax: Water and Electricity Use and Long Hair

As I explained last week, I have long hair. I hadn’t really thought about the possible environmentally negative consequences of long hair until Jax got me thinking about the products I use to care for my hair. I’ve continued thinking about the “cost” of long hair. Actually, I’ve been thinking about this for a while....
The (un)Sacredness of Birthdays

The (un)Sacredness of Birthdays

Today is my birthday. (The day that I’m writing this is, anyway. You’re probably not reading it on my birthday.) It’s started out awesome! My DH brought me breakfast in bed and I fended off the cats from stealing my bacon. I got an email telling me I got an interview for a part time...
The Rapunzel Conundrum: The Delight and Plight of Having Long Hair

The Rapunzel Conundrum: The Delight and Plight of Having Long Hair

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” No one has ever said these exact words to me, but I have been (jokingly) called Rapunzel at one time or another. That’s because I have long hair. From crown to end, it’s about 24 inches when it’s styled with a roller brush — meaning my natural waves are...
Understanding Labels: Preservatives, Why We Need 'em and What to Watch Out For

Understanding Labels: Preservatives, Why We Need ‘em and What to Watch Out For

Everything natural decomposes. It rots and/or grows mold, and eventually returns to the earth in the universe’s greatest recycling plan. This is awesome for long-term sustainability, but not so great when you want to make something now and use it later or kill something now (plant or animal) and eat it later. Hence humans have...
Looking Skyward for Momentary Meditations

Looking Skyward for Momentary Meditations

I’ve been taking photos of sunrises and sunsets from my car these past six or so months. A car isn’t the ideal vantage point for a beautiful photograph, but it’s where I find myself when I’m gazing skyward these days. I don’t spend a lot of time in my car, mind you. It just so...
Understanding the Ingredients on a Soap Label

Understanding the Ingredients on a Soap Label

If you haven’t read last week’s distinction between soap and detergent, you might want to do that first  as this will make more sense! Before I get started explaining the ingredients, here are three important but not related things. I’m not a chemist or a doctor. I’m a romance novelist who runs a Pagan blog...