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A Digital Ephemera Roundup

Minneapolis Skyline

So I had to do a total system reinstall on my desktop today. I plan to request one on my laptop, next. (Sorry, Mike. This does mean the obsessive overwork will resume.)

Since I was already reviewing my life and notes in detail I thought I’d clean up my bookmarks considerably. After all, now that I have Pocket I really only use about a 10th of them. But as I clean I thought I’d share some that I found along the way that may amuse and bemuse the rest of you.

Astro-logic (or lack thereof, depending on your inclination.)

  • This one is a Moon Sign Calendar with daily activity recommendations, for those of you who need some extra direction in life – or just want some way to take the guess work out of digging a well.

Apartment Hunting

  • Now that I own a house I don’t use this, but Apartment Ratings proved really useful when hunting. Also, the horror stories while miserable to live are often diverting to read.


  • As anyone who gets to a conversation with me beyond the depth of “you’re wearing a shirt!” knows, I am a Daria fan. I also still have friends in the hardcore, old-school Daria fandom. This Daria Encyclopedia is one of their creative efforts spurred by the show.


Learn Stuff

  • EXCO TC: Experimental Community Education. There’s a kid’s drum and dance class going in the Twin Cities right now.
  • Before Google revealed how appallingly lazy we all are, there was Usenet. Usenet still took some work to read and to discover – thus, good volunteers there made cited, sourced and oft-updated FAQs. They are still often better than the vast majority of what you can find if you just Google it. Because you suck at Google.
  • Not used nearly as often since I shut down my shop, but the International Mail Manual from the USPS is quite the mystic tome. Did you know that you’re supposed to obtain a translucent plastic envelope for your customs forms? Did you know that the USPS will ship them to you free of charge? Back when I had tons of clients in Australia and Israel this proved quite useful.
  • Police scanner codes. 10-4?
  • Want to get digital with your old school research skills? The Directory of Open Access Repositories is there for YOU.
  • Cornell University recently released its Witchcraft Collection to the public.

Look at Stuff

Write Stuff

  • Just want to write for writing’s sake, or you’re too shy to find a local writer’s workshop? Scribophile just might solve that problem for you.

Pagan Reader for 1/3/2012

I’m trying out the idea of a “Pagan reader” roundup to happen… pretty much whenever. A few reads from the Pagan blogosphere that might interest you.

photo by grbenching on flickr


ACLU sued a library for blocking Wiccan and occult sites – and labeling them “illegal.” I don’t know what’s more appalling ,the nannying or the willful ignorance and insistence what Wiccans/Pagans do MUST be unlawful because it’s not all dripping with Jesus. That “thou shalt not bear false witness” schtick sure gets overlooked when it’s convenient.

Head for the Red has some theories on why some see spirits and why some don’t.

Strategic Sorcery talks about when NOT to be goal oriented.

About.com shares a profile of Roman doorway god Janus. While I associate him more with Samhain season, January is his month, and it always feels like a month where time slows. I’d love to test the theory that it slows equally in the southern hemisphere.

2011 Pagan Values Month Roundup week 2

Here’s a roundup of some thought-provoking posts made by fellow Pagans for Pagan values month:

From the blog Malaise can Sit, Jeez! on ethical food choices:

  • Gi, or Γη, simply means Earth in Greek and it is our connection to the Earth as Pagans that often is the motivation behind how we conduct ourselves. This is integral to the Pagan tendency to be involved in environmentalism because many of us are of the understanding that being good to the Earth is no different than being good to ourselves. By “eating Gi” we’re literally eating the Earth (or, rather, her fruits).
  • Over at WitchMom blog, Lily Shahar Kunning postits some strong expressive values ranging from neopagan fundamentalism to equality with the gods. It’s a great and challenging overview.
  • At Inspired by Life Stacy raises the valid question about the ethics of Wiccaning: do we have the right to decide another person’s religious path?
  • Ava Stone talks about the evolution of her faith to the point where her religious identity has changed.

From catching up on blog posts, I’m amused to see I’ve rattled a few cages. Good. An unrattled cage leaves a complacent beastie, and complacency leads to all sorts of ugly.

#paganvaluesmonth Pagan Values 2011: 1st week Roundup of Favorites



I’m rounding up what I consider to be the chewiest blog posts on Pagan “Values” 2011. I’m sorry to say that I have to leave podcasts out – I’m a writer, so I just don’t have time to listen to podcasts since hearing language conflicts with hearing the language inside my head. Perhaps I’ll deliberately spend some time on the treadmill this week for an excuse to catch up. I’m much too paranoid to block sound when I’m out walking around the neighborhood – I by-golly want to know whose behind me, and hear ‘em coming first!

  • From Kallisti, People are Strange: a quote from the Enchiridion“When any person harms you, or speaks badly of you, remember that he acts or speaks from a supposition of its being his duty. Now, it is not possible that he should follow what appears right to you, but what appears so to himself. Therefore, if he judges from a wrong appearance, he is the person hurt, since he too is the person deceived. “ Essentially, someone misunderstanding you is their problem, not yours. On an emotional level that should be true. As someone who has repeated experience with people either a)getting the wrong idea about me or b)having an idea of their own about me that has little or nothing to do with any of my actual behavior, the problem is quite a bit more complicated than that. There’s a reality that women especially often have to start boundaries conversations with “You’ve got the wrong idea, buddy.” But on a level of philosophic tolerance, Kallisti’s outlook from a base of within is fascinating, and worthy of meditation.
  • Over at PaganMommy, she talks about her relationship with Truth in the context of freeing herself from superstitions of origin about witchcraft. In one of many books I read recently, an author defined “God” as simply “a person’s proximity to Truth.” As someone who struggles daily to release myself from any form of denial or self-deception, to the point where I sometimes break common social mores for the sake of self-honesty, this essay reminds me of my own start on the path and how stripping me of social convention year by year has made me something else, hopefully happier and better, though that evaluation may not be mine alone to make. It also reminds me of the first piece I ever wrote for the Llewellyn Magical almanac, about getting over both your fear of things going awry and of casting a spell and feeling stupid while you do it.
  • Bishop in the Grove writes about faith. An interesting point is raised: “Pagans are so centered around practice. We define ourselves by what we do, not by what we believe (generally speaking). “ This is especially food for thought, because I describe myself as a person of faith, not a person of religion. I am drawn to magic like it’s a biological urge, and while it colors my religious practice in improbably, multi-colored ways, my faith is about just being, rather than about the practice itself. Teo’s writing on the subject, through many pathways and quantum leaps in my neurons, is forcing me to consider how my exposure to Islam and eastern cultures has, long-term, affected my Wiccan religious practice. Coexist Café also throws in with a discussion of faith. “I’ve been told many a time that, because of my faith, I can’t possibly know the difference between right and wrong. That lacking a set of rules to live by and testament to back up said rules precludes not having any rules of conduct or even a conscience at all. ”  Interesting, since I daresay people who don’t need to check a manual in absolutely every other arena of life are viewed as “advanced” and even “expert.”
  • A simple, but interesting post from Pagan Presence about how Pagan values often align with Catholicism’s 7 deadly sins. Catholic values, now, with less afterlife!
  • Diane Morrison has an excellent analysis of the Charge of the Goddess as a morality text on Witches&Pagans. I’ve always viewed it as that, rather than as an invocation method.
  • Gus diZerega offered up a paper written on the core tenets of Deep Ecology, something that runs a thread behind multiple Pagan religious practices.
  • Fat and Not Afraid has a great entry for Pagan Values month. As someone who runs a plus fashion blog, I can tell from comments that a whole lot of people just don’t get what she’s saying, on a spiritual or a social level. But I have hope for her yet. Especially since a lot of people mistake being fat for being unhealthy, and have turned food, exercise, their bodies, and every source of pleasure and pain into a moral issue – and way too many people think someone else’s body is public business. Pagans do it, too. Notably, not once has God/ess sent me a message that involved “Go on a diet.”

Need some ideas on what to write about? House of Vines has an alphabetical list of core concepts that merit discussion among different Pagan religions. You can also mine Pagan blog prompts for inspiration.

You can see the archives at Pagan Values Blogject, or leave your links on the Facebook event page.

Fun and useful writing links

The ultimate flow chart if you’re ready to publish your novel.

You can write – and rhyme as you go with this online application.

You can look for ideas over here.

Read some one line true stories – amazing, concise stuff. May make you re-evaluate Twitter.

Spellfail helps you catch commonly misspelled words. No, I don’t use it as much as we should.

You can also get some advice on How to Write with Style by Kurt Vonnegut.

And some tips on creating a compelling plot.

On how to be a better writer.