Archive for the 'Holy Daze' Category

The Wheel as a Whole

Monday, December 15th, 2014

For over a year I’ve been writing a series of short essays on a cycle of holidays, starting with the winter solstice. Now here we are again. I’d like to offer another short essay that attempts to tie these all together: Wheel Without End. With any luck, I’ll collect these all in a little ebook […]

Hallowtide Rising

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

October greetings. I hope you will take a few moments to read the latest installment of my column, “The New Spooky.”

It’s About That Time

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

It’s about that time. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about: the equinox. No, not that equinox — the other one. I thought I had little or nothing to say about the subject. As is so often the case, once I got to writing, I discovered how wrong I was. The result is a column so […]

Happy Lammas

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

When is Lammas anyhow? Though usually observed on August 1, I recently learned that August 6 is known as “Old Lammas.” I think that might be because the midway point between solstice and equinox tends to fall on this day, though technically this year it’s on August 7 at 9:05 AM, Central Time. Further complicating […]

Lammas Mix

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

A fresh mix for that most obscure of holidays. You should listen to this sometime in the next week or so, preferably whilst fashioning corn dollies, baking bread or imbibing your favorite malted barley beverage. Lammas from editor_b on 8tracks Radio. Happy Lammas!

Glad Midsommar

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Just in time for the summer solstice, my article “Flowers to Flame” has been published on Humanistic Paganism. I think this may the best thing I’ve written. If you’ve got a moment, please give it a read; if you’re rushed, just take a look at the pretty pictures, and you’ll get the basic point.

Happy May Day

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

As I researched the Haymarket Affair and the history of May Day in America, it was interesting to learn that Bohemian anarchists played a prominent role in the campaign for an eight-hour day and other labor struggles of the late 19th century. That caught my eye because I recently learned that one of my Bohemian […]

Ten Years of b.rox

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Ten years ago today I started writing here at b.rox. I didn’t give much thought to the content of that first post, in terms of setting the tone for the future. I just wrote about what was on my mind at the moment. I’m fascinated by cycles, including the cycle of seasons. In retrospect, however, […]

An Essay for the Vernal Equinox

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Today we are celebrating a Spring in the Subtropics and a Spring in the Self.

An Essay for Candlemas

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

There is no new beginning, only constant renewal. Therefore, let us be always beginning again.

The Yearning Need to Connect with a Larger Whole at the Time of the Winter Solstice

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

It was recently revealed that Richard Dawkins, arguably the world’s most prominent atheist, loves to sing carols at Christmas time. But the songs he loves the most are not the modern secular ones. Dawkins writes: “I recoil from such secular carols as ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ and the loathsome ‘Jingle Bells,’ but I’m […]

Seasons of Desire, Seasons of Gratitude

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Long Time No Read It’s been a year since I wrote anything here. Did you miss me? Did you even notice I had stopped? I thought I’d made myself clear when I wrote about stepping into the dark, but apparently I was too subtle. I’ve spoken to a few readers who didn’t understand its implications. […]

Step into the Dark

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A year ago I set myself a project, an experiment, a journey, a spiritual quest. I wanted to discover, uncover, delineate and define my religion. I wanted to deepen, strengthen, and integrate everything in my life. I wanted to live with greater intention. And I wanted it all to happen on a one-year schedule. It […]

Happy (Belated) Lammas

Friday, August 24th, 2012

We had a wonderful Lammas. It has emerged as probably my favorite holiday, which is kind of funny considering I never heard of it until two years ago. It’s taken a few weeks but I finally got some photos up. And as an unexpected bonus, we even have a short movie, which contains the very […]

How We Celebrated the Summer Solstice

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

We went way up to the mountains of northern Alabama, to Monte Sano State Park. No elaborate rituals. No goat sacrifice. Just hanging out in the woods. Well, we did make those solstice stones earlier. But mostly we just hung out in the woods. I don’t think we’ve ever done that, as a family. It […]

Happy Midsummer

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Happy May Day

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Workers of the world, take a break and celebrate International Workers’ Day or as I prefer to call it: May Day. It’s a day to remember the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago. It’s good to recall that the eight-hour work day was not always a given, but something for which workers had to fight and […]

Step into the Light

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Now we enter that half of the year where the days are longer than the nights. The equinox came this morning at fourteen minutes past midnight. I have to make an effort not to fixate on that single moment. I was asleep anyhow. Better to extend the celebration. The equilux was last Thursday here in […]

Four Years

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Dear Persephone, You are four years old today. So: Happy Birthday! But also: Happy Mardi Gras! The last time Mardi Gras fell on the 21st of February was in 1950, which was not only before you were born but well before I was born. These dates will line up again in eleven years, for your […]

Happy Candlemas

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I drew these candles and asked Persephone to color them red with yellow flames. She understood my instructions perfectly, but it seems she has a mind of her own. Happy Candlemas!