Monthly Archives: October 2011

When the cows come home

The stag bells. Winter snows. The sky is the soft gray that silently heralds an impending storm. The bulk of yesterday morning’s snow has melted, but will be renewed by the tide of white. Images: Snow encasing blood-red maples leaves, … Continue reading

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Fall cleaning, sacred objects

Scél lém dúib dordaid dam snigid gaim ro fáith sam I have news for you: the stag bells winter snows summer is ended. (Old Irish poem) The sky, iron gray, pulls out the gold, brown and scarlet from the leaves. … Continue reading

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illness, and the energetics of divination

To divine, or not to divine? The germs have been making their rounds through the local human community, and finally caught me this week. It wasn't epic — a hacking cough that hurt my chest, the characteristic taste of phlegm, … Continue reading

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a prasad of apples

Last weekend, we went to the blessing of the nearby Indian Cultural Center by a Brahmin priest. The ritual lasted several hours, accompanied ceaselessly by the pundit's clear-voiced chanting in Sanskrit. Each movement, each word was keyed to the offerings: … Continue reading

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