Casual Devotion and Inexact Terminology

I was on Tumblr this morning and found an interesting thread about casual religionists. The original post seemed to be using casual as a synonym for atheistic or noncommittal polytheism in its first paragraph, but it's possible that I misunderstood the person writing it. The term I use for atheists engaging in religious practice is culturally … Continue reading Casual Devotion and Inexact Terminology

Some Links to Twitter and a Hymn Paraphrase to Hermes

You might know that I'm on Twitter, but there are a few things that I have microblogged there recently that I would like to highlight. The first is the poem I wrote early in the current Presidential administration and that I repost on occasion: Spring is a time when buds bloom, leaves fan out like … Continue reading Some Links to Twitter and a Hymn Paraphrase to Hermes

Helpful Search Strings to Avoid Seeing Cars and Other Things That Are Probably Not Gods

Recently, I looked up something related to cultus in Google and discovered that (yet another) term that actually has a real meaning has been gifted to a car. As a librarian, I often teach Google searching. The most important thing about looking anything up in Google is that it's sometimes not the right place. As an example, … Continue reading Helpful Search Strings to Avoid Seeing Cars and Other Things That Are Probably Not Gods

Soft Skills Aren’t “Sexy”: Whom We Befriend and Make Our Allies Matters.

At sixteen and seventeen, I took 200- and 300-level college history courses in East Asian and Russian History. I chose those classes because my high school's treatment of world history was severely lacking. Our history teacher kept getting shipped out to Afghanistan for combat, so my sophomore year had been spent oscillating between him and … Continue reading Soft Skills Aren’t “Sexy”: Whom We Befriend and Make Our Allies Matters.