An announcement from our comrade up north Aiden Enns (right) of Geez Magazine:
After much reflection and in close conversation with the board of directors, I’ve decided that now is a good time for me to retire from my
post as editor of Geez magazine. I plan to make the Winter 2017 edition my 48th and final issue.
Geez magazine started 12 years ago under the tagline, “holy mischief in
an age of fast faith” in order to poke and prod at the pitfalls of
mainstream religion. Continue reading
Frodo: It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance.
Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.
Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the ring, in which case you also were meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.
- The Fellowship of the Ring
By Lindsay Airey, LMFT (right: with her nephew Mason)
I didn’t choose for Frodo and Team Middle Earth to accompany me through pivotal points in my 20’s, nor to keep being a source of life-saving balm throughout my 30’s. I didn’t choose them to weave a deep bond between myself and other devoted followers of their epic struggle. I didn’t choose them to hold me through multiple seasons of disorienting grief, nor whisper to my deepest hopes, dreams, sorrows and visions of Beloved Community. I didn’t choose them to challenge and inspire me out of dark valleys of despair or numbing ancestral, cultural and imperial demons of depression, nor to rearrange my notions of power, success, and happiness. Continue reading
Photo: Michael Smith
By Ric Hudgens
is a fresh start.
is a concealed weapon.
Read the manual.
Expect to abandon
much you seek
Shed your skins
along the way. Continue reading
An unveiling from the legendary John August Swanson, posted on his Facebook page (July 28, 2017):
Today, I am happy to share with you my newest poster (right), on healthcare. The central image of this poster comes from my 2016 giclee print, TIME TO HEAL.
The text is taken from Pope Francis and from RoseAnn Demoro, who is the executive director of National Nurses United.
I wanted to share their voices and their messages of the importance of working together, and caring for everyone. There are complicated and difficult problems in the American healthcare system, and we do not all agree on the best solutions. My hope is that we can all agree to work together to make it possible for all people to get the care they need.
If you are interested, the poster is available on my website at this link: http://temp.johnaugustswanson.com/produ…/time-to-heal-poster
More information on the giclee print edition, TIME TO HEAL, is available on my website, here: http://www.johnaugustswanson.com/def…/PID%3d188.8.131.52-11.html