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.

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 […]

Arboreal Equinox

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

We decided to celebrate the vernal equinox by planting a tree. We just so happened to have a pomegranate tree which was a gift from M. Homan and family for Persephone’s second birthday. Of course, the vernal equinox is traditionally regarded as the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. It’s a time of year […]

Vernal Mohawk

Friday, March 20th, 2009

In celebration of the Vernal Equinox, I’m bringing the mohawk back. Not the fauxhawk, mind you. I’m talking about the real thing, baby. Bring it back! And while you’re shaving your head, here’s a diverse selection of tunes inspired by the equinox. “Vernal Equinox” from the 1977 album of the same name by Jon Hassell […]

Spring Purification Ritual

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

I don’t know who came up with the idea of giving up something at this time of year. I first encountered this practice as a part of Christian Lent, of course. I’ve been surprised to learn that many Christian practices actually have their roots in much older traditions, something which I find fascinating and deserving […]

Spirits of Spring

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

It’s three weeks until Mardi Gras. I’d been meaning to post something here about masking on Mardi Gras, how it’s pretty much essential to the spirit of the day, how it differs from Halloween, and so forth, for the benefit of my parents who will be coming down for their first Carnival ever. But I’ve […]