Adapted and accessible

There’s an ideal image of a witches’ coven in ritual: A group in matching robes standing around an altar in the moonlight. The altar would be laid with a lovely cloth and be bright with candles with incense smoke curling around simple, beautiful, matching tools. The coven’s hands are held high and they are ready…

Adapted and accessible was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Too many architects; not enough builders

My partner works in construction – in inspections to be more specific – and he sometimes speaks disparagingly of architects. They are artists, but sometimes fall so much in love with their beautiful vision that they neglect the practical (like electrical panels) and the efficient (like preferring all glass). And the world needs people to…

Too many architects; not enough builders was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: accessible Paganism

As Paganism matures, we have to address a huge range of accessibility issues for our religion: physical accessibility for Pagans with mobility issues, assistance for Pagan parents, audiobooks for Pagans who are blind, sign language interpreters for deaf Pagans, inclusivity for LGBTQ Pagans, a welcoming atmosphere for Pagans of colour, accommodations for Pagans with allergies,…

Link roundup: accessible Paganism was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Faith without belief

In the “Believers And Doubters” episode of TED Radio Hour, Anne Graham Lotz talks about her father – Billy Graham – and how he differentiated between belief and faith. Basically, he took the controversial position that James 2:19 means that there is a difference between belief and faith, for even the demons believe in god.…

Faith without belief was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

The problem of getting sh*t done

I used to work for a small business. It was a really small business; the kind where the owner and I shared a walk-in closet as an office and we didn’t have to make reservations for the company Christmas party. I was there for ten years, doing what needed to be done all day, every…

The problem of getting sh*t done was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

If only the activists see your activism, does it mean anything?

Every year, I go to a big local literary festival. I typically buy tickets for six or more events over the course of a week and come home with a pile of new books. I’ve mentioned before that this particular festival includes a territory acknowledgement before each event. This is something that started a year…

If only the activists see your activism, does it mean anything? was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Privately taking it seriously

I’ve been a vegetarian for about two decades. I keep my reasons for becoming and staying vegetarian quiet and I don’t talk about my vegetarianism much – I don’t want to be one of those vegetarians. Unfortunately, in an effort to be just “cool” about something that matters to me, I end up in uncomfortable…

Privately taking it seriously was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

We’re not the centre of the universe

Three or four times a year, people find reason to blame the normal problems of modern life on Mercury going backwards in the sky – the dreaded so-called “Mercury retrograde”. People who are normally quite rational seem to buy into this superstition.   It is silly enough to believe that the movement of a planet…

We’re not the centre of the universe was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic