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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

A Real Reason To Vote

A Time for War, a Time for Peace and a Time to Browse the Bookstore

A Wonderful Piece of News

The Aftermath of Columbine High School

Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat

Behind Enemy Lines

Breakfast Will Be Served In Fifteen Minutes...

Building a Circle of Trust

But What Will People Think?

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them

Caution: Restricted Area

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Community Power Who Holds it?

Community Thoughts on Tempest Smith

Compelling without the Yelling

Confessions of a News Junkie

The Consistancy of Change...


Coping with Grief

Cramming It Down Our Throats...

Damned if you do and Damned if you don't

Declaring Your Personal Independence Day

Did Your World Change Too?

Dreaming in The Dark...

There is No Zuul

There's a Rabbit In The Moon...

Excavating the Dinosaur Altar

Fair Use, Copyright and the Pagan Net

Feeding Our Young

The First Day

Gather 'Round The Fire

Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Normal

Getting Rid of What Bugs You

Gifts That Keep On Giving...

The Giving Circle

Gods In A China Shop...

Good And Evil: In The Shadow Of Littleton And The Garden Of The Gods.

Good Will Toward Men

The Great Hamster Myth

Happy Beltaine!

Happy Brigid's Day Everyone!

The Heart of A Mechanic

Helping Hands

Helping Our Own

Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans

Home is Where the Spirit Is

Homosexuality and Public Policy

The Household of Priests and Priestesses

If The Hissy Fits

In A Mirror Darkly...

In Your Dreams

The Internet Reaches beyond Washington

It All Happens Locally

It Is Your Destiny

It's Maypole Week 'Round the World

It's Tribal Time!

January Arrives Wearing A White Coat

Judging Amy -- Wren's Thoughts

Killed a Goat Today

Knot Charming

Learning How To Fly

Life With Mikey

Listening To The Story

Listening To The Woods

Living In A Banana Republic

Living Through A Drought

Logging On and Speaking Out!

The Long and Short Of It

The Love of Ordinary Things

Mabon... a Man for all Seasons

Magick's Arrow

Mamas, Don't let your Babies...

The Media Story Is Often Not The True One

Mercury Has Left the Building

Minding Your News P's and Q's

Mixed Blessings

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Life With Mikey

Author: Wren
Posted: May 21st. 2001
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Greetings Witches, Wiccans and Pagans,

On the third day of trying to introduce the little pond bluegills to the floating fish food pellets, a little spell seemed to be in order. Previously, Wren was simply tossing the bread for the seagulls over the water and the gulls and terns were happily swooping and diving down to scoff up their tidbits. But do you know what is faster than a diving gull? Hundreds of hungry little pond bluegill fishies, that's what. Within a very short time, the fishies learned where the morning meal could be found and the seagulls just couldn't keep up with them. So, Wren invested in some special designed-for-pond-fishies-food. Trouble was, the pond-fishies didn't know what the heck that stuff was and wouldn't touch it. So Wren -being a simple Witch- went for the simple spell: "Hey, Fishies! Let's get Mikey!"

Most people will recognize "Mikey" as that chubby-faced little skeptic on the 'Life' cereal commercial who- in the words of his two older siblings- 'hates everything'. Filmed in 1972 and still one of the most popular commercials of all time, "a recent survey showed that 70 percent of adults could identify with the Life Cereal ad from just a brief description". So Wren figured that if she could just win over the fish-Mikey, the rest would follow. And sure enough, there was indeed a Mikey-fish in there who-while he probably was well-known for remaining a bit stand-offish about new things floating on the little pond- nibbled a bit of special designed-for-pond-fishies-food and then began to gobble it down. 'Hey! He likes it!" went all the other little pond-fishies and Wren's problem was solved.

You may not have a Mikey-fish in your own little pond, but you probably DO have a Mikey in your family, in your circle of friends, in your life somewhere. The Mikeys of the world are the ones who seem to have been born with their arms folded in the crossed position. They are the people in your life who when you tell them that you are embracing Paganism adopt that 'wait-and-see' attitude about how THAT will all turn out. If you don't grow horns; if your eyes don't blaze with red fire; if you don't start spontaneously chanting in Enochian (unless you happen to be fluent in Enochian and actually know what you're chanting about) and if you don't go completely mad, they may- MAY- come to accept your choice over time. But living with a Mikey in the meantime has its challenges.

Mikeys can be a good thing. A little healthy skepticism can keep one from going so far off the wall that one ends up being of no practical use to anyone-including oneself. Taking another look at our chubby little cereal Mikey, we can see that he has obviously been munching on something before the bowl of Life was pushed in his direction. Maybe he sneaks down to the fridge at night and gorges on asparagus. So he really doesn't hate EVERYTHING. And most skeptics don't disbelief everything about you and your religious preferences either. They are just reluctant to fully embrace the 'new you' until they are ready.

Mikeys can however be more than merely skeptical; they can be dogmatic. You'll probably run up against one or two of those in your Pagan travels as well. They resist anything new being added to Paganism. They not only resist changes, they ridicule and abuse those who are willing to see/try things in ways different from their 'one true' way. For whatever reason-whether it be the fear of trying something new on one's own or the sheer overpowering personality of some of these folks- people do tend to look to the Mikeys of the world for--what? Approval? Permission? Validation? Like the cereal Mikey's brothers, if your Pagan Mikey 'likes it', it must be okay. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn't, but shouldn't that be YOUR choice to make?

Waiting for the skeptical Mikey's to come around or for the dogmatic Mikey's to approve of your choices means that you will probably do a lot of hungry sitting in front of a bowl full of something that you are not quite sure of. Why not just pick up that spoon and give it a taste? You may like it-and you may not. But it is you who must decide that for yourself. Dare to try something new even if no one else that you know has ever tried it before. Dare to embrace change that is, after all, an integral essence of Nature Herself. Take a chance and pick up that spoon and dig in.

And so when your personal skeptical Mikey or your Pagan dogmatic Mikey sees you so obviously happy and well-fed and thriving on your new diet, what can they possibly end up saying but, "He/She likes it! Hey, Mikey!" Perhaps it is no coincidence that both the cereal and that ever-changing, ever-experimenting ability to birth new ways of being are both called 'Life'... Try It!

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Luna Photo: was taken a few weeks back at Beltane 2001 at Cauldron Farm by Iarwain -- (email: Do check out the numerous photos from this celebration at ... Thanks Iarwain for this inspirational image! - Fritz & Wren

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