Satanism’s Freedom to Imagine Afresh

Now that Thanksgiving’s past and Christmas fast on its way (yes—I was raised WASPy), our family has once again embarked on annual holiday movie viewing, and my thoughts naturally turn to the cultural stories I inhabit and that, in turn, inhabit—nay, have colonized—me. Our cultural narratives give us roles to play, ready-made perspectives to take … Continue reading Satanism’s Freedom to Imagine Afresh

You Don’t “Lose” Virginity, You Gain Experience…and Pleasure, if done right

A good long while ago, I read author Peggy Orenstein’s wonderful book Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape all about the weird hangups and pathologies surrounding female sexuality from which we suffer signally in this country. An important moment in the book for me came when the author was discussing the concept of … Continue reading You Don’t “Lose” Virginity, You Gain Experience…and Pleasure, if done right

An Abundance of Meaning from a relative Paucity of Symbols

For the month of November, posts here will all center around the general theme of abundance. I get the cornucopia started here with a post that deals with great abundance of the potential for meaning in appropriating historical words and symbols and imbuing them with new and different meaning in an effort to make them … Continue reading An Abundance of Meaning from a relative Paucity of Symbols

Abundance and Ownership: Competing Claims on the Complicated Life of Words and Symbols

The Most Abundant Night of the Year Halloween is a time of such natural abundance. I launch into fits of ecstasy seeing the faces of trick or treaters as I greet them at the door; scare them a little by acting all subtle and creepy one moment and then letting rip a booming, sinister “Happy … Continue reading Abundance and Ownership: Competing Claims on the Complicated Life of Words and Symbols