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Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet

May 6th, 2018 | By

Where all the rich Pagans? Why do Pagans always seem to be so poor? I first heard this back in the late 1980s. Since that time, I have heard so many variations of it, I just cannot keep track of the iterations. Nor would I want to. This statement has bothered me since that first

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My Perspective on Transactional and Transformative Paganism

Apr 27th, 2018 | By

Another round of being on the road finds me blogging from a hotel room. And essentially setting this one on a time delay release. That all sounds so foreign to my brain. While I like traveling, doing it all the time just does not sit well with my usual frame of mind. It is really

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Living Life Intentionally – The Pagan Square Mile and the Druid Transmitted Infection

Mar 31st, 2018 | By

After a lovely time down at OBOD’s Gulf Coast Gathering in Louisiana, my mind has been coming back to something I discussed with a lot of folks – “The Pagan Square Mile” and the “Druid Transmitted Infection”. I was introduced to both of these concepts through presentations given by Kristoffer Hughes at Pantheacon. Kristoffer’s presentations

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Living Intentionally Within the Storm

Mar 18th, 2018 | By
TommyElf aka Tommy Van Hook

Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.  Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Indeed. This is a quote from a work of fiction, but even fiction holds parallels of truth to our everyday world. For a long period

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Remembering Inspiration – Pantheacon with Hughes and Mankey

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
TommyElf aka Tommy Van Hook

This year, 2018, is my third year in a row attending Pantheacon – and it will be my last for a couple of years. Not because of a negative experience, but because it is just too expensive for me to do every single year. As an event, Pantheacon is an amazing experience that I truly

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As Two Labeled Others in the Lobby of Pantheacon…

Feb 24th, 2018 | By
TommyElf aka Tommy Van Hook

So, the first day at Pantheacon (Friday afternoon), I was walking past the coffee shop located near the lobby. Along the windows, there are various tables where folks can sit and chat. As I am walking along, I noticed two gentlemen dressed in suits, drinking their coffee, and looking at the various Pagan folk walking

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Dumping a Singular Narrow Narrative – I Prefer Other Story Shapes

Feb 3rd, 2018 | By

Life can be a journey, of sorts. It is not really a journey in the truest sense of the word. But the journey metaphor is quite useful in trying to glean some meaning from Life. But honestly, the metaphor gets a touch tired after some time. Plus, there are all kinds of qualifying statements that

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Connected and Free – Authentic Druidry Comes From Within

Jan 23rd, 2018 | By

A short while back (one day by this post’s reckoning), there was a short uproar over an article from the Daily Telegraph, where modern Druids were essentially treated as not being “true” Druids by the author. I found much of it to be amusing, particularly since the implication was that Druidry was not real unless

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What is it Like to Be a Pagan?

Jan 14th, 2018 | By
Tommy's backyard stone circle

Something I enjoy doing is sitting and talking with someone about our own individual paths through life. I have had such awesome, thoughtful, and revealing conversations with friends, acquaintances, and even complete strangers that have been some of my favorite memories. Sitting at a table sharing some food and/or drink, sitting on a stone wall

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Going Beyond

Jan 13th, 2018 | By
The last classroom I taught in...

I originally posted this on my own blog site “Life With Trickster Gods” and was invited to crosspost this here at Moon Books blog site as well.   Being a teacher can be a tough and somewhat thankless job. For nearly three years, I was an adjunct professor at the community college, where I now

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