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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.
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Meditate

Part of the metaphor for this site is a loose-leaf binder jammed with all sorts of stuff.

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Journal 15May2018

Thinking by blogging

I've had three deaths in the past month. One a friend, one an uncle, and one person who I did not get along with.

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NeoNotes — Women's studies

Okay, seriously though, and this relates to one of my long standing criticisms of women's studies (and any number of gender studies, skin color studies, etc.)

If these various fields of study have any worth at all, they have to acknowledge that they are only part of the picture. Limiting your studies to one subgroup is going to limit your understanding. Especially if you dismiss without question other subgroups. It's the difference between rigorous study and fantasyland. It's why the theoretical has to cross over with the practical. It's not enough to say how things should work, you have to examine how things actually work together. You have to look outside your preconceptions and expectations for the things you can't explain. Otherwise you never leave the echo chamber.

Or, women's studies without human studies is sh*t.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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John McConnell & Earth Day

The original Earth Day was introduced on the 1970 vernal equinox by John McConnell intending to celebrate the Earth and peace.

On April 22, 1970 a politician hijacked the celebration and made it about compelling behavior and teaching environmentalism. Later a murderer and enviornmental activist claimed part of the credit for this version, although his role in 1970 is disputed.

Ever since, we've been pretending this is a Good Thing.
— NeoWayland, Earth Day (original)
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NeoNotes – Government should not be trusted

I do not believe that a government agency should be trusted with caring for the environment.

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NeoNotes — Diversity

Diversity of opinion is strongly discouraged.

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NeoNotes — Defending my faith (the long one)

I try to give Christians the benefit of the doubt, mainly because I expect the same. Some make it harder than others. Live and let live works mostly.

For space reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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Religion is dangerous

“Religion is dangerous. The people in power have always realized this. Either they must tame it — make it all about how King Zork enjoys the Will of Heaven —or keep a heavy, cast iron lid on it.

The trouble with religious people is that they are not always loyal enough — to the king, to the government, to the Party, to the corporation.”

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Giving away your power

If you give your passion to them, then they win. You'll always be reacting and you'll always be unhappy.
— NeoWayland
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Journal 09Mar2018

Thinking by blogging

Reading is a dying art, especially the way I do it.

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Journal 02Mar2018

Thinking by blogging

It's the mix, it's the argument, it's the conflict that will give us some of our best new ideas.

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Tainted frisson

Politics has tainted paganism in my mind and I am working to re-establish the separation.

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Enough to destroy

“The accusation is enough to destroy. That's why I compared it to Witch Trials. There is no defense against the accusation. You're assumed guilty by the mob, tried, and executed. There's no recourse, no chance to challenge the accusers.”
— PaidinRubles
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NeoNotes — Fluffies and Crusaders

Uh oh, I just revealed Secrets That Must Not Be Revealed. The Powers-That-Wanna-Be may insist I turn in my lucky charm.

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Pagan virtue signaling

Paganism is about the relationship between you, the World, and the Divine.

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Imposed

A choice that is imposed is no choice. A religion that is imposed in the name of 'freedom and decency' will be neither free nor decent.
— NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Perception and symbols

I wonder. If a symbol can be "tainted" no matter what it was used for previously, what does it take to "purify" the symbol?

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Summing up the circus

Here's the quick take for those of you who don't want to dig through the whole internet.

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Journal 19Jan2018

Thinking by blogging

I'd rather talk about the pagan stuff.

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Old discussions

Links to the TWH comment threads on Gavin Frost and Kenny Klein

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No Grand Cause here

I don't believe in them, you see.

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NeoNotes — Shift happens

Live and let live works mostly.

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Slice it

When pagans jump up to recite approved scripts to this week's Officially Designated Outrage, they make paganism look silly.

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In defense of Bonewits' work

If his work can't stand on it's own, people will find something else.

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So much for avoiding the topic

I don't approve of older men having sex with young teens, but it has been happening from the beginning.

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Defined

My faith isn't defined by my politics.
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Paganism is not political

Faith is a personal choice. So are politics. One does not define the other.

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Choice

Faith is a personal choice. So are politics. One does not define the other.
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NeoNotes — Real religion

Who am I to judge what happens between someone else and the Divine?

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Several rewrites later…

Dealing with life - updated

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Transcending the label

Thinking by blogging

Be - updated

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❝One Tin Solider❞

Lately when my mind turns to politics

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NeoNotes — Roy Moore and the Decalogue monument - updated

Moore put a Decalogue monument in court. At night. With very few people knowing until the next day. Moore is on record as saying that man's law is under God's law. That is not something you want to hear a judge say, especially when you don't share his religion.

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This last week in free speech

If you use force so others will listen, you’re doing it wrong.

I am certainly against Nazism, supremacist groups, and misogyny. I just think they SHOULD be heard, if for no other reason than they can be laughed off the stage.

As loudly and as enthusiastically as we can.”
     — NeoWayland
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Absolutely maybe sort of - updated

Now, should I reject Bonewits and all he stood for because he and I didn't agree?

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Ego-trapped

I let my ego off the chain last weekend. It was a vain and foolish thing to do. And it had consequences.

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Journal 21Jul2017

Thinking by blogging

As something suitable for the ages, the websites work as they are. As something that I can update and tweak, I need programs to manage.

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Political assumption

I do equally find it a cowardly thing to do when I have the strongest feeling that these social justice warrior types could not muster the courage to say this stuff to my face under the fear that they would receive a serious beat down.
     — Douglas Helvie, On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations
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Communities

You don't build communities by excluding people you don't like.
     — NeoWayland, Solitary
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Religion for the politics

I think too many people are in religion for the politics.
     — NeoWayland
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Fare poorly

They might add that monotheism is a political and psychological ideology as well as a religious one, and that the old economic lesson that one-crop economies generally fare poorly also applies to the spiritual realm.
     — Margot Adler
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No one

But there is no one place where everything thrives.

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Solitary

I made a tiny piece of the planet something that it wasn't before.

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❝No American judge should have the power to decide matters of faith…❞ 

No American judge should have the power to decide matters of faith, anymore than they have the power to decide the color of your bedsheets. Faith is solely a matter between you and the Divine. In the words of the late Peter McWilliams, Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do.
     — NeoWayland, Faith worthy of freedom
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Journal 05May2017

Thinking by blogging

Last night I wrapped myself in the blanket and spent a long time watching the flames in my small fire.

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NeoNotes — Ecology vs environmentalism

Environmentalism is a crusade with everything that entails.
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What does that have to do with greeting the sun?

Thinking by blogging

I can let it warp my life, or I can do the thing I decided years ago.

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ugh-politics

Most importantly, my faith is not political.

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Signs

We pagans have become the worst that we saw in the People of the Book.

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Not this week

No big Tuesday entry this week

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Season of my idiocy

Elections bring out some very idiotic behavior

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Revising my expectations

I can no longer recommend The Wild Hunt as a news site.

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NeoNotes — Witchcraft as rebellion

She is a parasite who is capitalizing on tragedy

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries.

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Religion and politics

When I started blogging, I separated my political stuff from my pagan stuff. I did it after a lot of soul searching. It would have been so simple to wrap everything into a giant ball of victimhood and blame the world for my troubles.
— NeoWayland
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A dangerous pagan

I think that a Greater Pagan Community™ for the sake of the institution is a extraordinarily Bad Idea®.
— NeoWayland
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Political pagans

You can see that politics corrupts pretty much any religion, faith, or path you’d care to name.

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Religion

I think too many people are into religion for the politics.

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The grand cause

You take a plot of land. Now you can grow flowers or vegetables or both. You choose.

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No dissent, or The content of his character

So Rhyd just made the entry tier of my Watch List.

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Labeling

I would no more solicit your opinion and approval about that than I would about the color of the trashcan by my clothes dryer.

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Earth Day & politics

Inspire, don’t require.
     — NeoWayland
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Statement on the Environment

I mentioned some of my concerns, but their future is full of utopia and collective effort.

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Community and being a Proper Pagan

Another look at one of my common topics

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The Day After Earth Day

Wading through the mess

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Don't mix religion with politics

If it’s bad when the People of the Book do it, then why on Earth is it a good idea when neopagans do it?

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The Authority Problem

I'm willing to start at mutual respect. Not everyone is. That creates a problem.

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Progressively regressive

A rare political rant on my Pagan blog

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Semi-hermit

Thinking by blogging

Separation of faith and politics

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Revealed!

I keep my politics separate from my faith

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The Pope and his Pagan Christians

It has nothing to do with American neopagans

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Harassment: Avoidance & Confrontation

Hopefully the first article under the NeoWayland byline

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Reflections in a laptop screen

Contemplating modern paganism and my own faith

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Sunfell Tech Mage Rede Nine Words Serve The Tech Mage Best Keep What Works Fix What’s Broke Ditch The Rest

A narrow slice of life, but now and again pondering American neopaganism, modern adult pagans & the World.

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