Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Borrowed from freedsomfightersblog.com

I just came across an article today that put my hackles up, so to speak.  I am just returning to the Christian faith after about a decade of exploring a Celtic pagan path, and so I likely have less traditional views than many Christians, but I do get upset when people are attacked for how they choose to worship or celebrate. Continue reading

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Inter-Faith Spirituality: Family Ritual?

**This was originally posted on Parents Space, but I wanted to have it on my regular blog.  I’ve since stopped posting for Parents Space because it is too much for me, but do check them out.**

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I’ve got the divine on my mind today, which is only natural seeing as how the Christian world just experienced another Easter season.  I, although a member of a predominantly Christian society, am not one and I am part of what can only be described as an inter-faith family.  I have identified, since adolescence, as Wiccan, but lately have softened that a bit to the broader “Pagan” as I don’t observe much of the ritual that comes along with Wiccan practice.

My husband does not identify as anything other than scientific, but I would place him somewhere between atheist and agnostic.  Although I cannot get my husband to marvel, in anyway, at the sacred divinity I see and feel present in our natural world, we have both agreed to join the local Unitarian Universalist congregation.  Although we can’t seem to agree that divine/holy/spiritual/sacred really exists, we can both agree that the value systems found in communities of faith are beneficial to the human condition.  This is the starting point for the burgeoning spiritual life in our family.trans Inter Faith Spirituality for Children Continue reading

Baybee Brudder Wheree Izee?

What's my name?!?

What’s my name?!?

Translation: Where is my baby brother?  Every once in a while, this phrase pops out of my little one’s mouth.  SUPER cute and also kind of sad because a two year-old doesn’t really understand the whole pregnancy concept so he might just think we are lying to him about this so-called Baby Brother.  Although my son is concerned with the actual location of this potentially imaginary child, I am quite clear on this point and am WAY more concerned with “Babee Brudder Who Izee?”  And…my husband and I are having a seriously difficult time coming up with a name. Continue reading

Does my hyphenated name offend you? Oh good. That was my plan.

For those of you who do not know my personality well yet, I tend to be rather sarcastic.  Not as a general rule, but I can’t help myself sometimes…especially after being faced with completely ridiculous situations.  The topic of hyphenation is one that has been rattling around in my mind for quite some time now.  Mostly in response to how my in-laws have responded to my hyphenated last name and my child’s hyphenated last name, but also in response to a perfectly congenial discussion on my Facebook page that got hijacked and derailed.  A lot of my thoughts on the topic where aired in the FB discussion, but I still feel the need to have a coherent piece of writing about a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Continue reading