Stems and Pieces…



Every once in a while, I wind up with a few things that I can’t quite turn into a single blog post. But they spend time rattling around in my head. Much like John Beckett has his “Nine Things I Think About” – I have this, my “Stems and Pieces” post. Its a hat tip to my all-time favorite food – mushrooms. I prefer the little suckers completely whole, but occasionally, I cut them up so that I only use the cap. The result is all the stems and pieces that do not get used.

Early this past week, the news came out about Kenny Klein having been arrested on several counts of child pornography. Initially the conversation rolled along about Kenny and the details of his alleged (he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) crime. However, in some corners, the conversation has started to become more productive and has moved into an arena that I find to be far more necessary. How will the Pagan Community handle such allegations going forward into the future? How should the Community deal with predators that we do find among us? After all, false allegations can easily be made against a person for nefarious reasons – the allegations can be dropped, but a recovering a reputation spoiled by those allegations is next to impossible. Currently, the most intriguing parts of conversations leading along this road that I have found are over at T. Thorn Coyle‘s blog on this post.

Tonight, Major League Baseball kicks off its 2014 season. The season was already started with games played in Australia a little earlier, and Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds (my favorite team) is Monday. So, for me, the season really does not start until 3pm CST on Monday. I am not really expecting a fantastic season from the Reds this year. They are a year older, with an untried/untested center-fielder in the leadoff spot, and a battalion of injuries to primary players as the team comes out of Spring Training. If the Reds win 85 games this year, I will consider it a good season. It probably will not be enough to make the playoffs, since the Cardinals and Pirates are fairly well beefed up in their lineups as well. But I will be happy with the 85 wins. As you can tell, I am a baseball junkie. 🙂

There are a few blog posts that will be coming down the line.  Some topics that I am already exploring in little steps, everyday. I will re-examine my understanding of my position as a teacher (of sorts) within Paganism. Another topic I am wanting to spend some time on is that of Reincarnation, as well as the perspective of Karma. That may evolve into a multi-part post…especially since I am intertwining two topics into one.

My reading list this year is completely filled up with books on Paganism and Spirituality.  In my queue at the moment are:

  • Our Own Druidry – ADF
  • The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology – P. Radin
  • Principles of Druidry – E. Restall Orr
  • Talking to the Spirits: Personal Gnosis in Pagan Religion – K. Filan
  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces – J. Campbell
  • Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and Western Imagination – R. Hutton
  • The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles – R. Hutton
  • The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology – J. Campbell
  • The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales – P.K. Ford
  • Journeys of the Soul – P. Carr-Gomm
  • The Druid Renaissance – P. Carr-Gomm
  • Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain – R. Hutton
  • The Golden Bough – J.G. Frazer
  • Dangerous Religion – B. Myers
  • The Gospel of Judas – M. Meyer
  • Druidry and Meditation – N. Brown
  • The Earth, the Gods and the Soul – B. Myers
  • Living Druidry: Magical Spirituality for the Wild Soul – E. Restall Orr
  • Druid Priestess – E. Restall Orr
  • Paganism 101 – T. Greenfield
  • Under an Expanse of Oaks: A Druid’s Journey – D.P. Smith
  • Walking Down Awen’s Path – D.P. Smith

So, as you can see – I have a lot of books that are up in the queue to be read. Plenty of stuff to feed the brain.  🙂 And yes, I will be writing mini-reviews of each one as I finish them. Those reviews also make their way into my personal journal as well. I’m quite curious to read these again, much further in the future and see if my opinion changes or if I catch smaller points of interest that I did not notice before.  🙂

Well, time to get my tail in gear here for my morning. Whatever time of day it winds up being for you – I certainly hope its been a great one thus far, and continues on to be a great one through the rest of your day.

Tommy /|\



2 thoughts on “Stems and Pieces…

  1. Tommy, put the stems and pieces for the mushrooms in your compost bid, if you have one. If not put the directly on the small tree in your yard. Excellent fertilizer. Great reading list you have there!!!!


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