Browsing the archives for the Media & Politics category

Uncertain Air

In a little under a week, the husband and I will be getting on an airplane and flying down to Florida. Normally, I would be worried about the flight itself. I don’t like to fly. I don’t like the idea that if, all the gods forbid, something were to happen, I would be aware I […]

Times of Tranquility

Day eight and I’m still remembering to post. Will wonders never cease? Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt is: Has anything traumatic ever happened to you? Describe the scenes surrounding a particular event. I gave this a pretty good think when I saw the prompt this morning. A few things came to mind: giving birth, when my husband […]

Computers, Pens, and Real Books

Day four of NaBloPoMo, and not all is well here at the Pond. And, conveniently enough, it has something in common with today’s prompt: When you are writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer? This is a harder question than you would think. I love to write on paper with a […]


Is Religion a Force for Good?

Recently Ipsos Reid conducted a survey that asked people around the world if they thought religion is a force for good. Admittedly, it is a bit of vague question. My idea of good can be substantially different than your idea of good, just as my idea of what constitutes a religion can be different than […]

James Randi: Skeptic Extraordinaire

Along the same lines of yesterday’s post is this video featuring James Randi, magician and skeptic extraordinaire. He as made it his life’s work to expose fraudulent “magical” practises. In the video below, he looks at how Uri Geller’s (psychic and Michael Jackson confidante) demonstrations can easily be duplicated by trickery. He also shows how […]

Walters and Van Praagh: Who Has the Real View?

While I do consider myself a student of the occult (a very lacks, and possibly failing student…), I am not a fan of TV psychics. I suspect that most of them are just really good at asking leading questions and reading body language. It turns out that Barbara Walters may be a bit of a […]

Tarot and the Beauty Contest

I live in Toronto, Canada’s largest and most culturally diverse city. One would guess, since the population is so varied, that this would be a very tolerant city. I would say it is. However, in turns out that it isn’t as tolerant as I thought. Ms. Stephanie Conover, winner of the Miss Canada Plus Pageant, […]

Biblical Living?

The other weekend I read The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. On the surface, it seems like this would be an odd choice for a Pagan, but I found it very interesting. Maybe that was because I am fascinated by all religious practises, or maybe because A.J. Jacobs is a very funny writer. […]

Living Biblically

Generally speaking, I am fascinated by people who choose to follow their religion in a very fundamentalist way. That’s not to say that I agree with them, but I am always curious as to why they choose to follow the rules, often ancient and unsuited to the modern world, so closely. A. J. Jacobs, an […]

V.A. Victory for Wiccans

American Wiccans realized a rather large victory yesterday, over a very small symbol. Wiccan soldiers can now have the pentacle on their headstones, thanks to a settlement reached with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (Read more at CNN.) The “Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers” page on the Veterans […]

1 Comment