Saturday, May 15, 2021

Spirit Dreams

For “music night” this evening at The Wild Reed I share a track from Spirit Dreams, a rather mysterious CD I found this past Friday in the Australia/South Pacific section at the Cheapo Discs store in Blaine, MN.

I say “mysterious” because there is no artist identified on either the front or back of the CD, and no year of release noted in the liner notes or on the disc itself.

Of course, none of this stopped me from purchasing it. I guess I just found it intriguing, and as something that connected me to my “bone country” (always on the lookout for that!) . . . Plus it was only $5.00.

Subtitled “a soundscape of unsurpassed beauty,” Spirit Dance, I discovered after an Internet search, is a 1999 release by the Indigenous Australia label, founded by Gene Pierson.

The album features Ash Dargan (right) of the Larrikia tribe or “Saltwater People” of the Northern Territory, who provides vocals, didjeridu, wooden flutes and percussion.

Pierson and Mark Doyle are the composers of the album’s haunting music, which is reminiscent of the ambient backing provided by Claus Zundel on the 1994 release, Sacred Spirit: Chants and Dances of the Native Americans and its follow-up, Sacred Spirit II.

Following is Spirit Dreams’ third track, “Ancient Legends (Rawal Woggheegui).” It’s music that, as one reviewer notes of the entire album, is a “sound experience that empowers the listener to harmonize with the natural world and the spirits that dwell there.” Enjoy!

NOTE: To hear all four tracks of Spirit Dreams (each around 12 minutes in duration), click here.

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Celebrating Mabo
Recognising and Honoring Australia's First Naturalists
Jojo Zaho: “Let Your Faboriginality Shine Through”
Prayer of the Week – November 14, 2012
Australian Sojourn – April-May 2019: On Sacred Ground
Australian Sojourn – Winter 2017: Return to Guruk

Musicians previously spotlighted at The Wild Reed:
Dusty Springfield | David Bowie | Kate Bush | Maxwell | Buffy Sainte-Marie | Prince | Frank Ocean | Maria Callas | Loreena McKennitt | Rosanne Cash | Petula Clark | Wendy Matthews | Darren Hayes | Jenny Morris | Gil Scott-Heron | Shirley Bassey | Rufus Wainwright | Kiki Dee | Suede | Marianne Faithfull | Dionne Warwick | Seal | Sam Sparro | Wanda Jackson | Engelbert Humperdinck | Pink Floyd | Carl Anderson | The Church | Enrique Iglesias | Yvonne Elliman | Lenny Kravitz | Helen Reddy | Stephen Gately | Judith Durham | Nat King Cole | Emmylou Harris | Bobbie Gentry | Russell Elliot | BØRNS | Hozier | Enigma | Moby (featuring the Banks Brothers) | Cat Stevens | Chrissy Amphlett | Jon Stevens | Nada Surf | Tom Goss (featuring Matt Alber) | Autoheart | Scissor Sisters | Mavis Staples | Claude Chalhoub | Cass Elliot | Duffy | The Cruel Sea | Wall of Voodoo | Loretta Lynn and Jack White | Foo Fighters | 1927 | Kate Ceberano | Tee Set | Joan Baez | Wet, Wet, Wet | Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy | Fleetwood Mac | Jane Clifton | Australian Crawl | Pet Shop Boys | Marty Rhone | Josef Salvat | Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri | Aquilo | The Breeders | Tony Enos | Tupac Shakur | Nakhane Touré | Al Green | Donald Glover/Childish Gambino | Josh Garrels | Stromae | Damiyr Shuford | Vaudou Game | Yotha Yindi and The Treaty Project | Lil Nas X | Daby Touré | Sheku Kanneh-Mason | Susan Boyle | D’Angelo | Little Richard | Black Pumas | Mbemba Diebaté | Judie Tzuke | Black | Rahsaan Patterson

Friday, May 14, 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Out and About – Winter 2020-2021

Currently The Wild Reed is somewhat of a work in progress, especially when it comes to documenting the events of last year.

Here this evening are (most of) the images that comprise the latest installment of The Wild Reed’s “Out and About – 2020” series. Over the course of the following days and weeks (hopefully not months!) I’ll add commentary and descriptions. Until then, enjoy these images of my experience of the winter of 2020-2021 in Minnesota, USA.

Winter 2020-2021 Wild Reed posts of note:
Beneath the Solstice Sun
A Blizzard of Epic Proportions
Christmas 2020: A Time of Loss and Grief, Gratitude and Hope
The Soul’s Beloved
Chadwick Boseman and That “Heavenly Light”
Jane Fonda on the “Eye-opening, Vision-improving Year” That Was 2020
Carrying It On . . . Into the New Year
A Very Intentional First Day of the Year
Insurrection at the United States Capitol
Michael Harriot: Quote of the Day – January 7, 2021
Troubling the Waters: Brad R. Braxton on Baptism and Black Lives Matter
Ilhan Omar: Quote of the Day – January 13, 2021
Raoul Peck on Patrice Lumumba and the Making of a Martyr
Martin Luther King Jr. on the “Most Durable Power in the World”
Acknowledging Where We Are
Inauguration Eve Musings
Brigit Anna McNeill on “Winter’s Way”
Something to Think About – January 21, 2021
Seckou Keita
From the Palliative/Spiritual Care Bookshelf
David Sirota: Quote of the Day – January 26, 2021
In This Time Marked By Grief
Celebrating Vanessa
Imbolc: Celebrating the Freshness of New Beginnings
The Republican Party in a Nutshell
Remembering an Artist and Vocalist Extraordinaire
Dan Rather on America’s “Moment of Reckoning”
An Electrifying Spectrum of Emotions
David Remnick: Quote of the Day – February 13, 2021
Heather Cox Richardson on the Movement Conservatism Roots of the Energy Crisis in Texas
William D. Lindsey: Quote of the Day – February 18, 2021
Happy Birthday, Buffy!
That Quality of Awe
“Fare Thee Well, My Nightingale”
Cultivating Stillness
A Radical Kind of Love
Carl Anderson Remembered: “He Was Bigger Than Life . . . Very Philosophical, Very Warm and Honest”
A Bittersweet Accolade
Windows Into Another World
Sen. Tina Smith: The Filibuster Rule Is “Fundamentally Undemocratic”
Marianne Williamson and Cornel West: “Two of the Most Dedicated and Enlightened Heroes of Present Day America”
A Pandemic Year
Rahsaan Patterson
Mary E. Hunt: Quote of the Day – March 16, 2021

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Out and About – Autumn 2020
Out and About – Summer 2020
Out and About – Spring 2020
Out and About – Winter 2019-2020

For previous Out and About series, see: 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Images: Michael J. Bayly.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Two Conservative Voices of Integrity

Today we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president, who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence. Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president, they have heard only his words, but not the truth. As he continues to undermine our democratic process, sowing seeds of doubt about whether democracy really works at all.

I am a conservative Republican, and the most conservative of conservative principles is reverence for the rule of law.

The Electoral College has voted. More than 60 state and federal courts, including multiple judges the former president appointed, have rejected his claims. The Trump Department of Justice investigated the former president's claims of widespread fraud and found no evidence to support them. The election is over. That is the rule of law. That is our constitutional process. Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution. Our duty is clear. Every one of us who has sworn the oath must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy.

This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy)
From her speech on the U.S. House floor
May 11, 2021

As a party, we [Republicans] have to have an internal look and a full accounting as to what led to January 6.

Right now, it’s basically the Titanic. In the middle of this slow sink we have a band playing on the deck and telling everybody it’s just fine. And meanwhile, Donald Trump [is] running around trying to find women’s clothes and get on the first lifeboat. And I think there are a few of us saying, Guys, this is not good – not only for the future of the party but for the future of the country.

We’re four months after Janauary 6 and the insurrection, something that was unthinkable in this country. And the message from the people who want to get rid of Liz Cheney is to say, It’s just time to focus on the future and move on, like this was 10 years ago and we’ve been obsessed about it since. It’s been four months, and we have so many people, including our leadership in the party, that has not admitted that this is what it is – which is that this was an insurrection led by the President of the United States, well-deserving of a full accounting from the Republican party.

Truth matters. Yes, 70% of the [Republican] base believes that the election was stolen . . . because they’ve been told it was. They’ve been told by the President of the United States; they’ve been told in many cases by Republican leaders and by Republican leaders who have not countered something so vastly crazy as the election was stolen. This is why we have this real battle in the party. The idea of let’s just put our differences aside and be united. You cannot unify truth with lies. The lie is that the election was stolen. The truth is that Joe Biden beat Donald Trump. . . . [We have to] tell people [this] truth and quit peddling conspiracies.

I’m a conservative. I’m going to fight for the soul of this party. And [every member of the Republican party] has to decide: are we going to exist on lies or are we going to exist on truth. And everybody who grew up on Sunday School, like me, that thinks that somehow accepting a lie is okay because maybe we can win the bigger battle, I’ve got to tell you that the Christ I follow, the Jesus I know never says anything about it being okay to lie to the people as long as the end state is the same. Truth matters and that’s what this party has to come to grips with, no matter what the cost.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Il)
From his appearance on Face the Nation
May 9, 2021

Related Off-site Links:
Liz Cheney Strikes Defiant Tone in Floor Speech on Eve of Her Expected Ousting From House GOP Leadership – Jeremy Herb and Annie Grayer (CNN Politics, May 11, 2021).
GOP Rep. Kinzinger Likens Republican Party to the Titanic – Daniel Politi (Slate, May 9, 2021).
The GOP’s Devotion to Trump Threatens to Destroy American Democracy – Stephen Collinson (CNN Politics, May 4, 2021).
The Far-Right War on History, Education, and Thinking
– Chuck Idelson (Common Dreams, May 11, 2021).
Authoritarianism Vs. Democracy – Marianne Williamson (Newsweek, May 11, 2021).

UPDATES: House Republicans Vote to Remove Liz Cheney From Leadership – Alayna Treene and Shawna Chen (Axios, May 12, 2021).
This One Line From Liz Cheney’s Speech Will Haunt Republicans – Chris Cillizza (CNN Politics, May 12, 2021).
The U.S. Is Headed Away From the Ideals of Democracy, Says Author Masha GessenNPR News (May 13, 2021).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Bernie Sanders: Quote of the Day – May 5, 2021
The Republican Party in a Nutshell
Republicans Don’t Care About American Democracy
Heather Cox Richardson on Combating the Republican Party’s “Rigging of the System”
Refuting Surface Level Comparisons Between the Insurrection at the Capitol and Black Lives Matter Protests
David Remnick: Quote of the Day – February 13, 2021
Dan Rather on America’s “Moment of Reckoning”
Michael Harriot: Quote of the Day – January 6, 2021
Insurrection at the United States Capitol

Sunday, May 09, 2021

“Of Course America Is Racist”

Here’s a good follow-up to my recent post on systemic racism in the U.S. . . .

It’s philosopher, intellectual, and activist Dr. Cornel West being interviewed by Charles Blow on how leading Democrats, including President Biden and Vice-president Harris, are falling over themselves to agree with members of the now neo-fascist Republican party in insisting that “America is not a racist country.”

Cornel West, however, is having none of this nonsense. “Of course America is a racist country,” he tells Charles Blow, before clearly explaining why. He also takes to task Democratic strategist James Carville, who recently declared that the Democratic party has a “'wokeness' problem.” West’s response and his clear defining of what “wokeness” actually means, is spot-on.

I get it that for many white people West’s statement is both confrontational and uncomfortable. After all, that’s how truth often first strikes us – as confrontational and uncomfortable. Yet we shouldn’t allow this truth – or the reactions it can generate – to polarize and paralyze us. Instead, I think we should allow it to motivate us. After all, it’s only when we acknowledge our shortcomings and failures as a society that we can begin the corrective work of justice and healing; begin to create a world where all are valued and all can thrive.

The sad thing is that if [Biden had said that America was a racist country] then the same [Democrats now siding with Republicans] would go with Biden because they’re not fundamentally committed to truth; they’re concerned about the camaraderie within the party. . . . We have to say unequivocally that we’re here to tell the truth, [and] the condition of truth is to allow the suffering to speak. Of course America is a racist country. Of course, after 244 years of white supremacist barbaric slavery and another 100 years of neo-slavery and American apartheid, would we be surprised if America were not a racist country? The point is that we’re less racist [now] . . . But we [still] have to tell the truth.

. . . By “wokeness” all we mean is the sensitivity to the suffering of those people who have been terrorized, traumatized, and hated – that’s Indigenous peoples, Black peoples, Brown peoples, poor peoples, and so forth. And so in that sense, wokeness is just a positive step in trying to keep track with people’s suffering. Now I don’t believe in just staying woke, because if we stay woke we’re going to suffer from insomnia. I believe in being fortified so that wokeness is a moment in our attempt to fortify ourselves to be love-warriors, to be wounded-healers, to be freedom-fighters – all three at the same time. Now for me it’s tied to Jesus running the money-changers out of the Temple, and it’s tied to Shiloh Baptist Church. That’s where I’m coming from. . . . My wokeness is tied to being fortified, because I’m in this for the long run.

Cornel West
May 3, 2021

Related Off-site Links:
Was Tim Scott Right When He Said “America Is Not a Racist Country”? An Investigation – Michael Harriot (The Root, April 29, 2021).
Ibram X. Kendi: “Being Antiracist Is a Journey, Not a Destination” – Lauren O'Neil (The Cavalier Daily, April 25, 2021).
President Biden: “I Don’t Think the American People Are Racist” – Brian Naylor (NPR News, April 30, 2021). President Biden Says U.S. Needs to Work to End Systemic Racism – Ken Thomas (The Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2021).
Vice President Kamala Harris Says the United States Is Not a “Racist Country” But That We Must “Speak Truth” About History of Racism – Ben Gittleson (ABC News, April 29, 2021).
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham Denies Systemic Racism Exists in U.S. and Says “America's Not a Racist Country” – Devan Cole (CNN Politics, April 25, 2021).
Philosopher Cornel West Calls Honesty and Integrity “Countercultural” – Cathy Locke (The Sacramento Bee, September 29, 2016).
True West – Hillary Louise Johnson (Sactown Magazine, October-November 2019).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Two Comments on Racism in America . . . and a Perspective on White Solidarity
“Two of the Most Dedicated and Enlightened Heroes of Present Day America”
Cornel West: Quote of the Day – December 3, 2020
The Problem Is Ultimately Bigger Than Individuals. It’s Systemic
Reacting to the Effects, Not the Cause, of What Ails Us
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz: “We Need to Make Systemic Changes”
“And Still and All, It Continues”
“Let This Be a Turning Point”
“An Abolitionist Demand”: Progressive Perspectives on Transforming Policing in the U.S.
Remembering Philando Castile and Demanding Abolition of the System That Targets and Kills People of Color
“This Doesn't Happen to White People”
Quote of the Day – March 31, 2016
Something to Think About – December 29, 2015
Quote of the Day – November 25, 2015
Helpful Rebuttals to Racist Talking Points

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Celebrating the “Wonderful” Joanna Lumley

Last Saturday British actor, author, and activist Joanna Lumley celebrated her 75th birthday.

Happy Belated Birthday, Joanna!

You know, there are a lot of gay men my age who love Joanna for her portrayal of Patsy Stone in the cult sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. I actually love her more for her various travel shows (above and left) and, most of all, for Sensitive Skin, the BBC comedy-drama series in which she starred in 2005 and 2007.

Written, directed, and produced by Hugo Blick, Sensitive Skin has garnered much critical acclaim over the years. In particular, the show’s “elegant, razor-sharp writing” has been praised, along with the performances of the central cast (which, along with Joanna, includes Denis Lawson, Maggie Steed, Nicholas Jones, and James Lance) and its various guest performers (including David Warner, Frances de la Tour, Maureen Lipman, Anthony Head, and Jean Marsh).

Above: Joanna with Oliver Cotton in the first episode of the second season of Sensitive Skin (2007).

As for Joanna, well, critic Bret Fetzer declares: “Lumley is simply wonderful, ranging from arch comedy to heartbreaking sadness with subtle and fluid confidence. Sensitive Skin is a gem.”

Fourteen years on, Joanna Lumley is still “simply wonderful” in my book, and in belatedly celebrating her birthday this evening I share a 16-minute interview she did in 2019 for the Australian current affairs show, The 7:30 Report. In this interview the warm, funny, insightful, compassionate, and, yes, wonderful Joanna Lumley is in full view. Enjoy!

See also the previous posts:
Quote of the Day: Joanna Lumley – August 21, 2013
Joanna Lumley on “Our Greatest Gift”
Let the Games Begin

Related Off-site Links:
Joanna Lumley Turns 75: The Actor’s Incredible Fashion and Beauty Evolution – Katie Wright (Independent, May 1, 2021).
A Night In With Joanna Lumley – via YouTube (March 26, 2021).
Absolutely Fabulous Star Joanna Lumley Says She Never Eats Meat Or Fish – Feels “As Fit As A Flea” – Liam Giliver (Plant Based News, May 7, 2021).
Joanna Lumley: “I Love Patsy Because We’re Such Polar Opposites” – Rich Pelley (The Guardian, April 24, 2021).
First Look at Joanna Lumley’s New Role in Comedy Motherland – Jen Crothers (Good Housekeeping, April 14, 2021).
Joanna Lumley Shines in the Bittersweet Sensitive Skin – Peter Majda (An American in London, July 16, 2012).

Under the Blossoming Pear Tree

For the last two days I’ve been off work recovering from surgery to repair both an umbilical hernia and an epigastric hernia. I was off five days before then, quarantining after a COVID-19 test. Yes, even though I’ve been vaccinated since January, I still needed to be tested and go into quarantine ahead of the day of my surgery (which was this past Wednesday).

Anyway, I’m making a good and steady recovery; obviously very sore and being very careful in moving around. One thing I’ve enjoyed doing is sitting out in the backyard under the pear tree, which is just finishing its blossoming phase.

You may recall that back in March, on the spring equinox actually (left), I also enjoyed sitting under this pear tree as I read a biography of the great Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821). Well, believe it or not, I’m still reading that same biography.

It’s Darkling I Listen: The Last Days and Death of John Keats by John Evangelist Walsh.

Like I said back in March . . . Yes, I know it’s an odd book to be reading at a time of year that’s all about new life. And yet human experience is always a profound blending of life and death, beginnings and endings, loss and promise, and, in the midst of such things, the longing and search for meaning. My work as a spiritual health provider (or chaplain) in the field of palliative care has certainly brought the mysterious gravity of both this longing and search for meaning to my awareness, and yet I’m not unsettled by acknowledging and sitting with it, even under a pear tree!

Which is a good segue into my sharing of the following from John Evangelist Walsh’s excellent Darkling I Listen: The Last Days and Death of John Keats.

[As death approached, Keats questioned why he was] dying overcome by doubt and fear and in utter misery of spirit. Why [was] God doing this awful thing, depriving [him] of the final comfort he grants so many! (How familiar a cry that is, how much it resembles the earnest petition voiced by the father of the possessed boy to Jesus, “I believe, help thou my unbelief!”) In response, the appalled [friend and companion] Joseph Severn could only offer to read some passages from Jeremy Taylor’s Holy Dying. In [a letter to his friend Haslam] he added a fervent, obviously sincere hope “that some angel of goodness will lead [Keats] through this dark wilderness.”

The question of whether Keats – a poet at the same time both pagan and godly – on his deathbed came back to the faith he had disdained as a free-thinking teenager (becoming, if anything precisely, a Deist) cannot now be settled. The question remains, though, tantalizing as ever, still eliciting a cacaphony of opinion. One biographer will imperiously dismiss the very possibility, another will say it is unlikely or extremely improbable. Very few are willing to concede that it might have happened, that Keats in his last hours might have turned back to the faith of his youth.

Robert Gittings, one of the ablest of Keats’ chroniclers, briefly reviews the evidence, then concludes that everything said by Severn on the topic, early and late, was simply “to persuade himself that Keats had died a Christian.” The poet certainly did, Gittings agrees, become “more reconciled” to his fate at the end, but there is “no sign that he accepted any of the comforts of his friend’s Christianity.” What Gittings means to say is clear, of course, but he has not quite said it, showing how hard it can be when treating this question to keep the scales in balance. Some of the comforts of Christianty, Keats certainly did accept, and with gratitude, namely, the spiritual insights provided by Bishop Jeremy Taylor. During many weeks before his death, Keats listened attentively to Severn reading from the pages of Holy Dying, often twice a day, morning and evening. (Did Severn in answer to Keats’ unconscious prayer read the section entitled, “Of the practice of the grace of faith in time od sickness,” or another called, “Of repentence in time of sickness”? Perhaps Keats himself would have preferred to hear “Consideration of the Vanity and shortness of man’s life,” or a briefer comment on “The miseries of man’s life”).

Certainly Keats gave no definite sign of conversion, none that has entered the record. Yet there is one other small bit of evidence to be considered, one that has never been given it due weight, that is, the good example set by Severn’s tireless service on behalf of his friend during those long months in Rome. Keats knew very well that what his companion was doing for him was something out of the ordinary, knew that Severn was risking both his artistic future and his health (the interminable sleepless nights and the unrelenting daily attention, if nothing else). It puzzled him to explain why and how so young a man, with so much of his own life to live, could do so much so uncomplainingly. Then the answered dawned.

“Severn,” said Keats suddenly one day, “I now understand how you can hear all this – ’Tis your Christan faith; and here I am, with desperation in death that would disgrace the commonest fellow!” It is correct, of course, that Severn’s religious faith played its large part in enabling him to carry the strain (he said so himself), nor was it the first time that example spoke so loudly. Keats’ not only seeing the truth but putting it into words must not be lightly passed over. He’d be given, it appears, rather more than a nudge toward reconciliation.

Left: A portrait of Joseph Severn by his friend Seymour Kirkup (1822).

In later years Severn occasionally reverted to the question of Keats’ spiritual hunger in those last hours. Once in an article published in 1863 in both England and America, he recalled how he it had been with Keats during those pathetic final days at No. 26: “In all he then uttered he breathed a simple, Christian spirit; indeed I always think that he died a Christian, that 'Mercy,' was trembling on his dying lips, and that his tortured soul was received by those Blessed Hands which could alone welcome it.” In that belated statement a reader may place as much or as little credence as he wishes – taking care to note Severn’s own judicious “I always think,” which rightly does not insist on the accuracy of his opinion. But concerning one additional fact, since it was reported at the time by the man who witnessed it, there is no arguement. In his last hours when the suffering Keats felt that death was hovering only hours away, more than once he murmured a heartfelt Thank God!

– John Evangelist Walsh
From Darkling I Listen:
The Last Days and Death of John Keats

St. Martin's Pess, 1999
pp. 111-113

Related Off-site Links:
Ode to My Hero, John Keats – Simon Armitage (The Times, February 20, 2021).
John Keats: Five Poets on His Best Poems, 200 Years Since His Death – Ruth Padel, Will Harris, Mary Jean Chan, Rachel Long and Seán Hewitt (The Guardian, February 23, 2021).
Bringing Keats Back to Life – Anna Russell (The New Yorker, March 24, 2021).
How a Generation of Consumptives Defined 19th-century Romanticism – Michael Barrett (Aeon, April 10, 2017).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Reading About Keats on the Spring Equinox
Celebrating the “Color of Spring” . . . and a Cosmic Notion of the Christ
Whether Christian or Muslim, James Foley Remains a “Symbol of Faith Under the Most Brutal of Conditions”
From the Palliative/Spiritual Care Bookshelf | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII
George Yancy on the “Unspoken Reality of Death”
Thomas Moore on the Circling of Nature As the Best Way to Find Our Substance
The God from the House of Bread: A Bridge Between Christianity and Paganism | II | III | IV
The Pagan Roots of All Saints Day
At Hallowtide, Pagan Thoughts on Restoring Our World and Our Souls
Advent: A "ChristoPagan" Perspective
Gabriel Fauré's "ChristoPagan" Requiem