Party like a Pagan

(c) Copyright 2005, Hoosier Photo[#Beginning of Shooting Data Section] Nikon D70 2006/11/19 14:59:28.2 Compressed RAW (12-bit) Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000) Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G Focal Length: 35mm Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/4 sec - F/11 Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV Sensitivity: ISO 200 Optimize Image: Portrait White Balance: Auto AF Mode: AF-S Flash Sync Mode: Slow Sync Flash Mode: TTL-BL Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB) Tone Comp.: Auto Hue Adjustment: 0° Saturation: Normal Sharpening: Medium low Image Comment: Long Exposure NR: Off Group A: TTL Group B: TTL [#End of Shooting Data Section]“So, what is the most common ritual of pagan religions and cults?” a friend once asked me. He wanted a salacious answer, like human sacrifice or ritualistic sex.

“Feasts and fasts” was the answer he got instead.

Despite the fact that most of us eat food every day, there is something intrinsically special about eating, and eating with others. This doesn’t mean that everyone likes it, of course. I know more than a few people who view eating as a necessary refueling and nothing more. But there is a reason that, throughout the world, people generally eat in community. Continue reading

Are You Judging Me

2015-11-19 Judging img01Go to thesaurus.com and type in judgmental. Your list of synonyms will include arbitrary, personal, irresponsible/frivolous, unreasonable/irrational, and, my favorite of the bunch, injudicious.

Judicious and judgmental both come from the root jud-, which relates to making decisions and forming opinions. From a linguistic standpoint, it just doesn’t make sense for the word judgmental to be synonymous with injudicious, the negation of judicious.

Now, I understand that language evolves. Sometimes you just have to throw up your hands Continue reading

7 Ways to Beat the Clock

I wish I had more time. Don’t we all? After years of filling my To-Do list with a hose and emptying it with an eyedropper, I finally hit on the secret to getting more done:

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This 1996 book promises a miracle on its cover, and, believe it or not, its contents deliver. Aslett opens the book with several pages on the benefits of doing more with your time.  I’ll assume you are already persuaded, and dive right in. Continue reading

The Evil of Hoarded Gold

The Evil of Hoarded Gold ThumbnailI’ll be the first to admit that I am not a fan of The Hobbit film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. In fact, many of my friends will poke at me with the topic (in good-natured fun) just to see me bristle up in ire.

Whereas Jackson (or at least the people working alongside him who reined in some of his more madcap suggestions) made a very valiant attempt in the Lord of the Rings films to stay as true to the books as possible, with one or two notably disappointing exceptions, it seemed as though he decided that The Hobbit as written by Tolkien wasn’t good enough Continue reading

First They Came for Kim Davis

2015-11-2 Davis img01When Kim Davis served jail time for refusing to sign gay marriage licenses, it boded ill for religious liberty in America.

One of GoodTrueBeautiful’s authors analyzes the legal implications of Kim Davis’s plight in an article published by The Harvard Law Record:

As Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito correctly predicted in their dissents, the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges has not, in fact, brought closure to questions regarding marriage in the United States. That case has instead opened up a Pandora’s box of new controversies as the newly-articulated right to same-sex marriage comes into conflict with the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

Read more: Same-Sex Marriage, Religious Freedom & Kim Davis