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There’s no point of working so much when you don’t spend properly. Then it’s like you’re working for nothing. My mum said something along these lines last night because we were discussing my finances as a full time student and part time worker.

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Bored? Don’t know what to do? Me neither. Recommendations from a former local events data entry slave who knows what’s going on but never manages to make it to much.

My SO and I decided to be spontaneous and caught a show at The Comedy Nestlast week. I don’t know what the heck his name was, Tom Something? What a lousy show! Elias and Searles were just fine, though I was sorry we had so few people in the audience.  I’ve definitely had a  better time – with bigger crowds too – at Comedyworks.

I actually saw Paramore and openers with a friend without having ever heard of the band. It was a great show!

Watch out pedestrians! I was crossing at a yellow, and at the turn of the light some dude with his girlfriend decided to hit the gas and stop an inch away to teach me a lesson. My SO nicely stepped back and bang his hands on the car hood for a bit and stay in the driver’s way. Personally, I don’t give too much credit to male Beetle drivers with road rage. Stupid to near-hit someone intentionally in a busy intersection, no? I wonder what I would have done if he had hit me?

I’m a bit late, but here we are! Saturday looks most excellent!!!!

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I ran into a good friend, T., not long ago.

I saw her profile walking by outside the glass building and had the feeling intense hope and anticipation that come with such meetings- “Is that her, yes, it’s her! Yes, she’s coming this way!” I’ve known her for over 15 years and was glad to see her. We haven’t made enough time to see each other of late.

I told her of another old friend I had met up with and how the visit hadn’t gone as well as I had hoped. It had been fine but not great, only just describable as nice, in fact.

“That’s the difference between catching up and sharing,” T. said to me, words that have stuck with me for the last couple of days. While it’s great to “catch up”, it can only brings the conversation so far. Open ended questions about the past get tiresome. It makes me a little sad.

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It’s true – Halloween can be dangerous. Who knows what poisonned candy might be in circulation, what predators may be out on the street after unsuspecting and unwatched children. Parents definitely have to be vigilant.

I read this article, in which a woman brings up a Halloween alternative. Religuon and children’s safety make up her reasonning. As far as safety goes, we definitely do have to be wary for unsupervised kids. We do have to work on preventing graffiti and vandasm by youth.

But religion?

“Halloween originates in a pagan [sic] holiday and the things that come with it are negative,” [Ms. Schwenke] says.

The things that come with it – does she mean rowdiness, kids misbehaving? Or does she mean the Pagan-ness of Halloween itself ? Remember that this night of Spirits is not just Pagan – All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day are all part of the Christian calendar and belief as well.

I do support groups that offer parties for cildren and teenagers, alternatives to them that will discourage bad behavior. I also think that children should be educated so that they’re aware of what dangers are around them. I also think that, if they’re faithful Christians, those children should learn what All Hallow’s Eve is. As a “holy eve”, a remembrance of the dead and the communion of saints, there should be nothing spiritually dangerous about this night.

Trick or tearing ‘negative, unsafe’. Susana Talagi. Stuff.co.nz

Halloween and its Christian roots. Susan Hines-Brigger. Americancatholic.org

That’s a strange question coming from a writer, isn’t it? I think that loving to write really should be the quality of a freelance writer and it’s too bad I’m just not one of those.

I write to improve my writing skills.

I write as a way of improving my diction, my arguing skills, the way in which I word my phrases.

I write in hope that better writing will also bring about better conversational skills.

Sometimes we stop practicing a certain skill and realise after that we’ve lost  a lost some of our ability in that area. When I began my University studies I realized that my writing was nowhere near as good as I thought it was. Perhaps I was disillisionned from years of having it easy at school. CEGEP definitely wsn’t challenging and likely left me rusty. I would spend nights crying because all the University papers I had to write, because I hated writing about things I have no interest in, because I have too short of an attention span, because I hated my writing.

I am no longer in University but have every intention of writing better, and improving in my own way.

Bored? Don’t know what to do? Me neither. Recommendations from a Yellow Pages employee who knows what’s going on but never manages to make it to much.

I met an old friend at 3 Brasseurs for dinner – just because it’s so inexpensive and not because their beer is actually good, because it isn’t – and did the walk around town things, with a stop at Ben and Jerry’s. Very Yummy.

Plenty of great things happenin’ this week, including some great comedy acts and festivals I’ve been looking forward to all summer.

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Now, Witchvox is in an incredible community tool in that it allows any of us to write and present our opinions about Neo-Pagan Religion and Life. The problem? It allows any of us to write and present our opinions. Sometimes I read things on Witchvox and am apalled by the tangents that writers spiral on to.

Emilioa Enchantra’s article “Organization is Key” caught my attention simply because it’s a statement I do agree with and that I’ll probably write about a number of times. I thought maybe it would be about personal study organization or community organization. What can I say – I have a problem with people who complain and preach but don’t do anything, and more so, say things that I consider just plain wrong.

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“I am responsible for everything except my very responsibility.” – Sartres

I take a rather different approach to ethics, as far as Witchcraft is concerned. Some people quote the threefold law or the Wiccan Rede ad nauseum and it makes me crazy. Others quote Crowley’s “Do what thou wilt and that is the whole of the law”, but people really seem to interpret it differently. Others wing it and deal with everything on a situational basis.

As a solitary I don’t have to restrict myself to the principles of any one tradition, so I enjoy exploring the pros and cons of different ethical strategies.

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I have a problem, and it really is a problem – it has me creating boxes and closing doors. It makes me miss the bigger picture. I can’t help but feel that older equals better. It’s an impulse I’ve been trying to stomp, because I think it’s a handicap.

Gardnerian Wicca is older and therefore better than the Alexandrian tradition. Both are better than modern Wicca popularized in books today.

Wicca is stupid, it was invented in the 50s, afterall. Reconstructionism is better. It’s older, truer, more real.

Charles Leland invented the myth of Aradia- it’s fake.

The Romans integrated so many other cutures into their own… Their deities aren’t actually Roman, but Greek.

These are opinions I’ve held in the past, and they’re still tied to me in more remote areas of my conciousness with a twinkle of guilt. Some I’m certainly moved past. Others…

The problem is that no myth is “real”, of it’s original form. They’ve all changed over time, they’ve all been tampered by various cultures, religious groups, storytellers and scribes. This goes for The Bible, Irish Myth and History books. You can’t take anything literally.

Myth is important because it preserves a collective ideal. It’s the symbolism that counts.

It’s in my studies of Italian Craft that this issue needs to be addressed. The subject of Aradia is important to so many Witches, but I give absolutely no credit to the “research” done by Charles Leland. I also very moved by Diana’s Hunt, which was written in the 14th Century and is clearly not Pagan. I see great symbolism in both these stories but struggle with their “real”ness. I’m not the only one, either, as author Raven Grimassi feels the need to insist at the beginning of his book on Italian Witchcraft that Stregheria is older than the Witchcraft of the Celts. (Yes, there are many things wrong with that statement, but that’s not the point.)

There is a lesson in every story, be it a passage from the Bible, an old myth, an anecdote from your Mother’s past or  an impromtu campfire tale.  Each of them is only as “real” or “right” or “correct” as we trust in them. They become real when we have faith in them.

And so, I do agree that the story of Aradia does have important lessons. I don’t know if I can accept it as a core of my practice, but it’s a start.

This new finding demonstrates not only the religious life, culture and society in Roman and Byzantine Zippori, but also that this was a city in which Jews, pagans and later Christians lived together and developed their hometown with various buildings.  ”

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Hebrew University archaeological excavations uncover Roman temple in Zippori (Sepphoris)
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Roman temple ruins found in Israel
Inquirer.net

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