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Oct. 30th, 2009


Tal vida, tal muerte

My Samhain offering is live at the Post-Dispatch now. Wondering how the Xtians will take it; one of the Christian bloggers posted a piece with moderate support of Halloween, and the crazies came out of the woodwork.

Am tired. Must eat now.

link: http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/civil-religion/

Oct. 27th, 2009


It's a Blog!

My latest post is up at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In it, I tackle the Sedona Sweat Lodge tragedy. http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/civil-religion/

I'll be starting a separate blog soon just for that and for more public kinds of Pagan writing. I'll post a link when I have it. Trying to decide on a name.

I have test-driven many contenders, and keep coming back to these two:
Cakes and Ale
The Cup

Or, some combo with cup--Inanna's Cup, Bala's Cup, etc.

If only I could get an idea like John Lennon's. When asked how the band came up with "The Beatles," Lennon said that a man came down from the sky, offered them a flaming pie, and said they should call their band "The Beatles." And they thanked him, and called the band "The Beatles."

It should be noted that even before the era of acid trips, they did a lot of speed and pot. Hamburg was a wild place.

Oct. 10th, 2009


New PD blog post is up!

In which I call the Mojave Desert Cross case a monument to changing times, and imply that Justice Scalia is an insensitive, bigoted doody-head:


May. 29th, 2009


Sexy Money, Honey

Am once again reading the most excellent book, "How to Become a Famous Writer Before you're Dead," by Ariel Gore.

(Step one: write something. Step two: brag about how great it is. Step three: repeat in various forums and media as necessary.)

What was amusing today is that I've been obsessing about money and business and what-not. And lo, the book opened as though of its own accord to a page containing this wondrous quote attributed to Inga Musico:

"I am a money magnet. Money flows naturally and easily into my life. Money is sexually attracted to me. Money stays up at night thinking about me."

I feel sexier and richer and more incipiently famous than ever.

May. 20th, 2009


Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, jtigermoon! May there be much merriment, few annoyances, and many free drinks.

May. 4th, 2009


Happy (belated) Birthday!

Happy birthday, gothicsquish! Hope it was zombie-riffic.

Apr. 30th, 2009


Tamiflu, anyone?

Yesterday, was checking the "Domestic gigs" section of Craigslist, as per usual. (One never knows: could actually be something in there besides "Clean my filthy apartment so I can get my deposit back and I'll pay you $8 an hour.") And there was an ad for some people who, in addition to underpaying, stated that they would not consider anyone who had been to Mexico recently, or who had family or friends who had been to Mexico recently. "Because we have small children and are worried about the Swine Flu."

I fully expect those people to be wearing surgical masks to greet whomever appears for an interview.

I'm not sure if I'm so offended because it's another in the genre of ads from so many people who clearly consider anyone who cleans for cash to be an inferior species -- one recent poster stated that he saw no reason to pay more than $8 an hour for a job "a monkey could do" -- or because the emotion is masking that I am actually becoming a little anxious about the new flu.

On a scale of 1 to 10 -- or, "over by the next news cycle" to "Black Plague of the New Millenium" -- I think I'm now a "4." Or, "Probably won't affect me or anyone I know, probably no bigger a deal than a bad standard flu season. I hope. Fingers crossed."

How about you?

Apr. 8th, 2009


Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday, jennlynn_green!

Mar. 28th, 2009



Have just completed my offering for installment one of the Feri Foodswap!

jtigermoon and I will be exchanging dishes (filled with food, of course) each Sunday at our Feri meetings. We both live alone, and had gotten into bad dinner habits at the end of our busy days. My own tendencies were to just grill a piece of meat on the George Forman, maybe eat a little salad or piece of fruit, and then later, hungry again, devour a huge bowl of popcorn. Or ice cream. Or . . . well, you get the idea.

I have fixed chicken cacciatore, and am substituting spaghetti squash for the usual bed of pasta. My initial meal of it was accompanied by a salad, and a glass of 2005 Hayman & Hill Merlot. Very tasty, on sale, and ranked 91 by Wine Spectator. It's the best wine I've had in months. Or perhaps it is the taste of culinary accomplishment that made it so good.

Tomorrow, I exchange half the recipe for . . . a surprise!

We are very excited.

Mar. 26th, 2009


A project

The St. Louis writer's meet-up group is publishing an anthology. I have just signed up to submit a piece for it. This gives me a deadline, a goal, and a severe case of performance anxiety. The last anthology gained reviews in local media, as well as real writer perks like readings and signings.

The pieces must include St. Louis people, places, or history. Not sure how far I can push the envelope with alternative lifestyle, religion, or sexuality. We shall see. Perhaps I should actually attend a meeting to get a feel for the group's sensibilities.

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