My apartment is currently a mess of packing boxes. I found a new place and will be moving in mid-February. It's a busy time of the academic year, but I carved out a few days and will marathon-move so I'm all set to dive back into work when I'm done unpacking. One of the things … Continue reading Moving Preparations and Purification
In the Enchiridion, Epictetus says that we control opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and our own actions. How true is this in an era when social media exploits the vulnerable cracks in our human psyches? What of ourselves do we actually control?
This is a short book review, as I'm (a) still a bit under the weather; (b) in the throes of the fall semester; (c) writing a scholarly bibliometrics paper on some physicists, which is really fun and takes up a lot of time in Oct-Nov every year; and (d) in the middle of writing short … Continue reading Review: Parker’s Greek Gods Abroad
On the Noumenia, I started a journaling project. While I prayed to Apollon for inspiration before I touched nib to page, the core goal of the journaling project has not been religious devotion. As the ink pours out, I have had a lot of time to think. I can remember vividly the bullying I endured … Continue reading Some Reflections on Being Second-Gen Pagan/Polytheist
The Final Pagan Generation (Edward J. Watts, 2015) covers the 310s – 390s CE. It looks at four elites of the Roman social world — Libanius, Themistius, Praetextatus, and Ausonius. Three were traditional religionists, and one was Christian. Watts follows this cohort's lives to answer the questions of how the radical social, political, and religious … Continue reading Review: Watts’ The Final Pagan Generation
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.
A week before my 30th birthday, I found a piece of devotional jewelry for Hermes. For several years, I have passively (and sometimes actively) hoped that something would turn up on the Internet that seemed suitable and within my price range. I wear a ring for Apollon as a reminder of my conversion to Hellenism … Continue reading Devotional Jewelry for Hermes