Mourning pets can even be a proxy for mourning humans.
I don’t remember my ancestors. I venerate them, but I have essentially no memories of them, just like everyone else. There are branches of my family tree that I can trace back to the 300s, and I could memorize those names and dates, but that’s not the same as have memories of the many generationsContinue reading “My ancestors are not remembered”
A sandwich is a thing framed by another thing, with the thing in the middle being the part that matters when it’s being named: it’s a ham sandwich, not a rye sandwich. This is why I find the phrase “compliment sandwich” utterly nonsensical; it should be called a criticism sandwich, a putdown hero, an insultContinue reading “Death sandwich”
Raymond Buckland wasn’t the first writer about Paganism that I read; that designation goes to Margot Adler. My early teachers didn’t use books, and by the time I was starting a library, I already knew that I was not a really a Witch. While I knew his name, I didn’t actually pick up one ofContinue reading “Passing”
This time of year is when I most strongly feel the ancestors around me. Memorial Day was yesterday, and tomorrow is the anniversary of my father’s birth. Six years ago my cat went missing on June 9, and I wonder if he yet lives, or I may honor him among the dead. This past weekendContinue reading “Standing between death and the dead”