When Rogue Priest and adventurist Drew Jacob approached me with his concept of bringing “Magic to the People,” I knew he was on to something special. In an attempt to open the doors of magic service to those who might not otherwise have the means, Drew is removing barriers and changing lives. Here is our [...]
As a Marine recruit in basic training, we were ingrained with a sense of pride; we would become the latest generation of warriors known for being, as the Marine Corps Hymn states, “the first to fight for right and freedom.” This nation is also a first responder in times of tragedy and relief when disaster [...]
Before meeting Heather, I was a solitary creature, even virtually homeless at one time. I was rarely sociable, preferring the catacombs of my own imagination, the distractions of drugs and alcohol, or the quiet expanse of a local swamp or river as company to the rush and drama of human companions. Yet interactions with others, [...]
Samhain, also known as Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve, is one of our society’s most controversial and least understood holy days. Unfortunately, I know this all too well from personal experience. Last evening as my family participated in a Halloween party at a local restaurant, a young girl (maybe six years old) informed my two [...]
Life is a fluid, something that arrests us with wonder, and yet something we often take for granted. Nowhere is this dynamic more evident than in the moments of birth and death. One event in my life bears a combination of the two, the dual power of which changed my life forever and sent me [...]
As much of the United States and other nations in the Western Hemisphere celebrate various forms of Columbus Day (which honors the “New World” voyages of Christopher Columbus), I remember a seemingly innocuous tune from my days in elementary school that went a little like this: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” In examining [...]
We will read many perspectives over the next few days about how to honor the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on US soil, and we would do well to read them. Some will call us to unity. Others might promote our nation’s inherent pluralism. However September 11th, 2001 marks a very different anniversary [...]
Andrew Bowen, once a fervent enemy of religion, is now a perpetual student and champion for inter-religious peace and reconciliation. In 2011, Andrew created Project Conversion, a year-long personal immersion into the culture, practices, beliefs, and rituals of 12 belief systems from around the world as a personal intervention after years of animosity toward faith.