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Website Profile: This blog is for the whispering poet and enchanted naturalist that dwells within each of us, jostling elbows with the anarchist, the skeptic, the cynic, the scientist, the self-deprecating intellectual and the humble, earnest seeker. Here, I share my thoughts and experiences as a practicing Druid, writing from a place of connection, longing and curiosity about the sacredness of ordinary life, and our place in a Spirit-infused world.

Some excerpts:

......."I have always been reluctant to jump from one spiritual path to another--to become a 'window-shopper' of religions or to approach religions with a buffet-style pick-and-choose attitude. I believe that spiritual traditions have an integrity and internal consistency of their own, and that it is often more fruitful to explore a single tradition deeply, than to abandon any belief or practice that seems, on the surface, to be difficult or unappealing. Why, then, have I changed the focus and structure of my path to reflect that of modern Druidry?"

- from "Why Druidry?"

......."Here is the rock, jutting out precariously into space as the side of the ravine slopes down into the damp belly of the forest below. Here is the rock of my body, heavy with gravity. The fingers of the wind are on my waist, wrapping me with the sounds of birds and the scents of spring blossoms, playing me like a maypole, swaying me like a sapling. Here are my palms, fingers gently spread and holding up the sky--the sunlight collects in the recesses of my body, hot dew seeping into my upturned palms with an aching burn, sliding down my temples, beaded like jewels along my collarbone. Here is the rock of my body, heavy with sunlight."

- from "Swimming the Sunlight"

......."The crisis that a political satirist responds to is the possibility that there is no transcendent authority or power capable of correcting the course of a community, of protecting it from hardships and conflicts, external or internal. The satirist takes on the possibility that we really are just a jumble of individuals, that the supposed "leaders" are incompetent, ineffectual or even dangerous. [...] This is the same difficulty that pantheism faces--denying an external, transcendent deity or deities capable of influencing the world, what is left is the jumbled community of life itself, with its births and deaths, its food chain, symbioses and natural selection, its constant flux, its good days and its bad days. In coping with this conception of the world, satire can function spiritually in a way similar to its political function, by embracing a messy existence, by choosing affirmation of reality over the comforts of an imposed, inappropriate pattern."

- from "Pantheism, Suffering & Satire"

......."Whether I am opening up to the 'muse' of poetry or prosaic ponderings, or I'm interacting with an intimate friend who has his own flaws and lovable eccentricities, either way, I am grateful for the reminder that there is a bigger world out there... A world that is larger than I am and often unpredictable or even unkind, but that is messy and beautiful and worthwhile nonetheless."

- from "The Empty Boat"


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