(Belated) reflections on the year 2015: last year in review

Since Mercury is retrograde and all that, I’m playing catch-up, and I’m painfully aware that is there a lot of catch-up to play. This post is fashionably embarrassingly late, but hey–better late than never, and stuff. Last year was kind of a continuation of 2014, in some ways.  And in other ways, it wasn’t. I … More (Belated) reflections on the year 2015: last year in review

Putting the “Jesus H Christ” back in “Christmas” – Traffic edition

Today’s post is brought to you by the previous one to two weeks in which simply conducting our normal daily routine was arduous and time-consuming, especially in reference to getting from Point A to Point B. This is because everyone and their dog in San Antonio has relatives in every part of the country (and … More Putting the “Jesus H Christ” back in “Christmas” – Traffic edition

As the Maypole spins

For my fellow Wiccans/Pagans, today is a major holiday, known as Beltane, where springtime, warmth, growth, life, and fertility are celebrated.  This probably conjures up visual images of dancing naked around bonfires in forests with flowers in your hair; that probably did happen and hell, it probably still happens in various little villages and communes…not … More As the Maypole spins

Christmas isn’t so bad if you avoid the malls and mute the commercials

Seriously, it’s not.  You can revive Christmas into that fun, magical, nostalgic, excitatory-yet-low-key holiday that it used to be; you just have to work a little harder at it. Every so often the Ghost of Christmas Past comes back to haunt me, a harmless and pleasant experience.  I remember the late afternoons, pitch-dark save for … More Christmas isn’t so bad if you avoid the malls and mute the commercials