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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 other images of Thor I’ve...
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 something viewed positively by society...
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 merchants. And it also helps...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
Valentine's Day and the Feast of Váli

Valentine’s Day and the Feast of Váli

Last week I wrote about the overlap and differences between the Wicca (and all-around “generally Pagan”) Wheel of the Year and Heathen holidays. In the course of writing that article, I learned a bit about Heathen holidays myself – as is often (and happily) the case when we write articles for the Realm. I learned...
A Heathen to Wicca Holiday Crosswalk

A Heathen to Wicca Holiday Crosswalk

I try to be a good Heathen, but as a Wiccan convert I am sometimes confused about when I should observe my faith according to Heathen holy days (henceforth “holidays”). When I first chose Heathenry over Wicca, just because it is a better fit for me, I figured the Wheel of the Year was a...
Where Does the Time Go?

Where Does the Time Go?

My article this week was going to be a current events topic. One of those posts where I try to look a mainstream media sideways and see what else there is to see. It has turned out to be a rather large project and will have wait until next week where I’ll have more time...