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Sunset over the Olympics on the first evening of the Seabeck UU retreat. 
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That's really pretty!

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Q&A: What's your Pagan origin story?

"Why yes, being a Pagan is like being a superhero..."

I'm sure a lot of Pagans have said this, but for me discovering Paganism and Druidry was never really about leaving something behind: it was about coming home to myself. From a very early age, I have always cared deeply about the natural world, and I've seen the powers and forces of nature and the many non-human beings who share the planet with us as expressions of the divine. I've also always loved music, poetry and storytelling -- and art and creativity in general -- and see them as vital practices for connecting authentically with the heart of my spirituality. All of that was true when I was Catholic, and it's still true now. I also know lots of Christians who feel the same way, and many of those Christians share very similar spiritual practices -- meditation, divination, chanting and breathwork, etc. So what exactly is the difference between me and them?

Read more -- http://bit.ly/paganconvert

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I'm sure a lot of Pagans have said this, but for me discovering Paganism and Druidry was never really about leaving something behind: it was about coming home to myself. From a very early age, I have always cared deeply about the natural world, and I've seen... #catholicism #christianity #community
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Bank of alders at Boeing Park in Shoreline yesterday. A lovely little park!
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Cu caught napping in the sun.
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His fur looks like he painted it.
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A visitor at church the other day. A bit shifty-looking, but we're a welcoming congregation.
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Roadside Scotch broom, one of the many lovely deadly invasives that thrive in disrupted ecosystems in the Pfc NW. 
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Another shot of the riot of green in Interlaken Park, Capitol Hill, last week. 
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Spring greens in the city of Seattle. No wonder the rents in Capitol Hill are so high!
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An extremely important post, and one that gets at the heart of how we should approach reviving ancient traditions. This is why we must be Revivalist, not Reconstructionist. Going beyond Matsuo Basho's admonition ("Do not seek to walk in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought"), we cannot walk in their footsteps. We can only seek what they sought.
 
Bless the Waters Thrice: How To Make Environmentally-Safe Offerings

We Pagans have a love affair with the past that leads us to try to model the rituals and practices of ancient times as closely as possible. But we live in a different world today. Despite the ornate beauty of certain approaches to ritual, I wince at the wastefulness I see sometimes. Can this really be what the gods want from us? Are we so busy trying to do ritual "correctly" that we fail to do it well?

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We Pagans have a love affair with the past that leads us to try to model the rituals and practices of ancient times as closely as possible. But we live in a different world today. Despite the ornate beauty of certain approaches to ritual, I wince at the wastefulness... #archeology #buddhism #celtic
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Yaaaas let's hear it for secondary orality-- +Leah Hagan I'm lookin at you!
From “yeah” to “yaaaaas” to “yiss,” we’re rejecting the clinical "yes" and finding more nuanced ways to give our approval—and to hedge our bets.
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Oh good, one more thing to feel bad about myself -- I'm being "positive" in the wrong way. :-p
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Q&A: Are the gods immortal? (Are we?)

The bleakness of Douglas Adams' novel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, is its critique of our willingness to treat the gods like vending machines, here to serve our needs. The god who can't serve us is as useless and incomprehensible to us as a Coke machine with an "Out of Order" sign taped to it. It's no coincidence that Adams portrays the gods as vagabonds who have to sleep in an abandoned train station, while the villains of the book are comfortably middle-class characters who use money to buy the luxury of ignoring "all the mess." Does mortality offer the gods a way out?

Read more -- http://bit.ly/immortalgods

Thanks to +Ben Heathorn for the really interesting question! :)

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The bleakness of Douglas Adams' novel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, is its critique of our willingness to treat the gods like vending machines, here to serve our needs. The god who can't serve us is as useless and incomprehensible to us as a Coke... #capitalism #colonialism #douglasadams
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I am a druid, linguist, and author. I write about meditation, relationship with Spirit, soulful fulfillment in scholarship and art, reconnecting the ancient with the modern, creating beauty, and healing the world.

Professionally, I am a computational linguist, with a focus on socio-linguistics, historical linguistics, lexical semantics, and lexicography. I have a keen interest not only in the minutiae of the working of the human mind and its manipulation of symbols, but also the broader patterns of social change and development. I have published papers on conversational implicature, dialect analysis, lexical semantics, and syntactic universals.

Spiritually, I was raised Zen Buddhist in the culturally conservative South, and am now a revivalist druid. I have worked in the fields of internet search, text-to-speech processing, and the defense industry, and am the father of four children. I live in Seattle, WA with my wife Ali and our black cat, Cu Gwyn.

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