‘Skeptics Welcome’: Lily Burana on Being Both Christian and Goth at Heart

Oh, ” I’m praying for you “, shorthand for ” I want you to become a ‘ good WASP Christian just like me “. I call BS. ” Abby Sciuo on ” NCIS ” has goth paraphernalia,sleeps in a ** coffin ** & she’s a nice, caring , loving human with many REAL CHRISTIAN traits – who can kick ass if need be.


Halloween, All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days represent a friendly (if bony, skeletal) handshake between Paganism and Christianity, an exaltation of escape and revelry, as well as somber respect for death and those whom it has claimed. I still love graveyards, rattling chains, black cats, black velvet, and all manner of spooky things. And I adore the blessing of sacred serendipity — that you can discover yourself while pretending to be someone else. That you can pray for a guiding angel and God will send Alice Cooper.

-From an essay by Lily Burana on The New York Times’ Women in the World page, about trying to reconcile her love of Halloween and all things Goth with her “surprisingly Jesus-y” faith, plus the time she asked for a sign from God that she was in the right church and looked up to see Alice Cooper dressed in “Goth golfer casual.”


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Mythology on Canvas (Part 10)

Glad I discovered this. I love mythology – Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Hindu / Buddhist – so I shall follow this blog.


The Perseus Series by Edward Burne-Jones (continued):

The Finding of Medusa by Edward Burne-Jones The Finding of Medusa by Edward Burne-Jones

Once equipped, Perseus sets out to find Medusa. He must use the polished shield given him by Athena in order to view Medusa safely since her reflection cannot turn him to stone. In The Finding of Medusa (shown above), he appears to be holding a mirror in his left hand. The sack for carrying her head is draped over his left forearm. Medusa (standing) is shown with her two Gorgon sisters, who are immortal and cannot be killed.

The Death of Medusa by Edward Burne-Jones The Death of Medusa by Edward Burne-Jones

Once he has beheaded Medusa, Perseus must escape the remaining two Gorgons. He is aided in the effort by the helm of darkness given him by Hades. It seems that the artist chose not to depict the hair of Medusa or her sisters as snakes in these paintings. As such, he presents…

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Marriage and Stuff

A nice tribute to the joys of a really successful marriage.
Marriage & domestic tranquility – It’s not for everyone, says the guy who’s lived like a Greek Orthodox hermit monk on Mt Athos ( Well, almost ). 🙂

Jack Flacco

Last week, my wife and I had the opportunity to take some time away to enjoy each other’s company. Every once in a while, we’ll leave the kids behind to visit either a place we’re familiar with or a place we’ve always wanted to go. This year, we chose to do the latter and decided to explore The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains Chalet The Blue Mountains Chalet

Located a couple of hours north of Toronto, The Blue Mountains is a resort/cottage community that hosts a large following during ski season. Along with a few friends, we managed to secure one of those fancy chalets overlooking the mountains. The view was great, but, having grown up in Italy where I would wake up to the sight of the Italian Alps every morning, it didn’t impress me as much as, say, it did with some of my friends. I can take or leave mountain…

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Ethics on the World’s Highest Peak

We should apply inter – team cooperation standards to space exploration, when we start seriously exploring the Moon, Mars, asteroid belt, & further out. It can only benefit our species as a whole. There may be ” groups “, but just one ” GROUP “.


The climber’s code of ethics, issued by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation, specifies “helping someone in trouble has absolute priority over reaching goals we set for ourselves in the mountain.” Most take this to heart. “Saving one life is more important than summiting Everest 100 times,” says Serap Jangbu Sherpa, the first person to climb all eight of Nepal’s 8,000m peaks, and the first to summit K2 twice in one year. “We can always go back and summit, but a lost life never comes back.”

“To say that everyone should look after himself, that no one should help another team is nonsense,” adds Captain MS Kohli, a mountaineer who in 1965 led India’s first successful expedition to summit Mount Everest. “That is absolutely against the spirit of mountaineering.”

That simple rule becomes more complicated, however, when commercial clients are involved. After paying many thousands of dollars…

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What the Hipnonics: The Game Show by Joshua Lukasik

Whatever floats yer boat, be it canoe, fishing boat, jet – ski, raft, yacht, whatever.
I thought the game show format was pretty much in the ground, pushing up daisies, replaced by ” reality ” tv, but I have been wrong a couple of times before.

Chicago Literati

James Fisher
, stand-up comedian, producer, and “sexy assistant” on the What The Hipnonics: The Game Show carried four podiums on stage at the Playground Theater. Each podium was made from taped together beer cases and coated with a layer of paint.

When I asked why he didn’t use spray-paint, the inaugural What The Hipnonics champion informed me that you cannot buy spray-paint in Chicago, and cited the question as undeniable proof of me being a straight-up, white guy.

Point taken.

The night’s comedians featured: Rebecca Loeser, AJ Lubecker, Drew Terrill, Kahlil Wilson, hosted by the show’s creator: Marysa Mavrakys.

(C)Marysa Mavrakys (C)Marysa Mavrakys

“The way the show idea came about was random. I was listening to Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” and there is a lyric in that song that goes, ‘I’ve been drinkin watermelon.’ I had no idea what that could have possibly meant until I went into handy Google and…

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