At sixteen and seventeen, I took 200- and 300-level college history courses in East Asian and Russian History. I chose those classes because my high school's treatment of world history was severely lacking. Our history teacher kept getting shipped out to Afghanistan for combat, so my sophomore year had been spent oscillating between him and … Continue reading Soft Skills Aren’t “Sexy”: Whom We Befriend and Make Our Allies Matters.
A week before my 30th birthday, I found a piece of devotional jewelry for Hermes. For several years, I have passively (and sometimes actively) hoped that something would turn up on the Internet that seemed suitable and within my price range. I wear a ring for Apollon as a reminder of my conversion to Hellenism … Continue reading Devotional Jewelry for Hermes
I saw Wonder Woman, and I am still reeling from this confusing experience.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good when it comes to giving cultus.
Note: This poetic offering was written before a lot of things happened in US politics. I reread it recently and one of the metaphors kinda falls flat because 2017 and 2018 were not great years politically for most people in the USA. Eventually, I may do a new version of this poem, but since I … Continue reading Womanly Herakles
This is a set of prayer beads that I made a long time ago to represent the Homeric Hymn to Pythian Apollon. For the purposes of the count, I omitted the part where Apollon lays the foundations of his temple, beginning instead with the part I found most meaningful and relevant (at the time I planned … Continue reading Prayer Beads for Apollon
In asana, breath moves through my chest, a bellows igniting a bright fire to course through my body. The Yoga Sutras refined my understanding of this. Vikalpaḥ is the imagination of metaphor, sleek, and it is here where the fire inside of me blooms. Asana prepares the body through movement to turn inward and touch … Continue reading Enthrallment