30 Day Book Challenge Day 12:

The Enlightenment The Rise of Modern Paganism by Peter Gay book cover

A Book You Wanted to Read for a Long Time But Still Haven’t Wow. There are so many, many books I could use for today’s challenge. At the time of printing, I have 2,667 books on my wishlist, and over … Continue reading

John Holt in ‘What Do I Do Monday?’

“A man may cling desperately to the belief that Jesus loves him because he is certain that nobody else does. Thus Christianity can all too easily…turn into a religion of hate and despair.”

~ John Holt in ‘What Do I Do Monday?’

 

Herbert V Prochnow & Herbert V Prochnow Jr in Jokes Quotes & One Liners

A reporter was interviewing a man who was believed to be the oldest resident in town.
‘May I ask how old you are?’ the newsman enquired.
‘I just turned a hundred this week,’ the old man proudly replied.
‘Great! Do you suppose you’ll see another hundred?’ the reporter asked playfully.
‘Well,’ said the man thoughtfully, ‘I’m stronger now than when I started the first one hundred!’

~ Herbert V Prochnow  & Herbert V Prochnow Jr in Jokes Quotes & One Liners

Kathy Lette in ‘How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints)’

“All husbands think they’re gods. If only their wives weren’t atheists…”

~ Kathy Lette in ‘How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints)’

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“Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions. They are easier to handle than dumb mistakes.”

~ Unknown

Uncle Fester’s Wit of the Day

“Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.”

Anatole France

“Lever lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those that other people have lent me.”

—Anatole France

Joe Queenan in ‘Balsamic Dreams’

English: "Boomers on Wheels" at the ...

“Boomers persist in the belief that they are the most resourceful, most ingenious, most sophisticated, and most important in the history of mankind.”

What is Unusual About this Paragraph

Question mark liberal

Question mark liberal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How quickly can you find out what is unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing was wrong with it at all; and in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do it without coaching. No doubt if you work at it for long, it will dawn on you. I don’t know. Now, go to work and try your luck.

Books I Read in July 2009

July 2009 Books

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie Echoes by Maeve Binchy (53 pages) Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf by Richard D. Lewis Replay by Ken Grimwood The Plague by Albert Camus (207 pages) Related articles … Continue reading

Books I Read in April 2009

April 2009 Books

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman Nightbloom by Herbert Lieberman The Life of Riley by Steve Wright Shadows by John Saul Stone Cold by Robert Swindells The Waitress by Sinclair Smith Mummies: Unwrapping the Past by Rosalie David The Way-Paver by Anne … Continue reading

I Hate My Moontime…

menstrual cramps

menstrual cramps (Photo credit: 欠我兩千塊)

I know that, as a pagan, I am supposed to view my moontime as a mystical, magickal time, a time to celebrate being a woman, but I just can’t do it!

For me moontime means mess, smell, discomfort, wind, constipation, pain (both cramps and stabbing pains), leg cramps, mood swings, swinging between starving and not hungry at all, short temper, chocolate cravings, taste changes, extreme thirst and extreme fatigue.

Totally not my fave time of month!

‘Yes I’m Pagan, No I’m Not Wiccan…’

English: The sculpture of the Wiccan Horned Go...

English: The sculpture of the Wiccan Horned God at the Museum of Witchcraft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Myth #1: All Pagans are Wiccans
This is simply not true. While there are increasing numbers following the Wiccan path, there are many other pagan paths out there. Druids, Native Americans, Ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian religions, Australian Aboriginals, African Tribes, Hindus….these are just a few of the pagan traditions practised throughout the world. In addition to organised traditions, there are people like myself – eclectic pagans who take aspects from many different paths to form our own unique path to Deity.

Myth #2: Pagans Worship the Devil
Again, this is untrue. While many (but by no means all) Pagans revere the ‘Horned God‘, this should not be taken to mean we worship the devil. In fact, the devil or Satan or Lucifer or any of the other dozen names this being is known by is a Christian belief. Pagans do not believe in the devil and, thus, are not able to worship him. The ‘Horned God’ revered in many Pagan Paths is a fertility God and a representative of the male part of Deity.

Myth #3: Witchcraft is Evil
Definitely not true! Witchcraft is simply the manipulation of the Earth’s natural energies to achieve a given outcome and is performed every day by billions of Jews, Christians and Muslims when they pray . Yes, the Craft can be dangerous if not handled with care, but this does not mean it is evil. Think of it this way. Consider another natural energy – electricity. In the hands of an experienced, properly trained technician, this has the potential to make our lives much easier. Yet, if the average householder saw fit to fiddle with the home’s wiring, the results can be disastrous. This does not make electricity ‘evil’. It has no morals of it’s own – results lie with the skills and intent of the user. Witchcraft, like electricity, is completely amoral. Any ‘good’ or ‘evil’ lies in the skill and intent of the person performing the spell or ritual.

Old Bible (joke)

Martin Luther, commemorated on February 18 Eva...

Martin Luther, commemorated on February 18 Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2006), 15. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found this joke on a bookcrossing thread (posted by nwpassage):

A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.

“Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector.

“Yes, that was it!”

“You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!”

“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther.”