Smile Or Die

Smile Or DieIn simpler times, it was a hobby of mine to wander into the self-help section of the local bookshop, gape at the extraordinary titles and observe the customers browsing. Most of them wore the furtive look usually associated with the purchaser of pornographic magazines.

Judging by Ehrenreich's Smile Or Die, willingly subjecting oneself to the cult of positive thinking is a shameful act indeed.>>>

Voodoo Dialogue

Voodoo DialogueIn Haiti, the Other World is this one. Everywhere in the night are the dead — the gede — and their spirits.
In the wreckage of the earthquake, in that heavily Christian-Voodoo nation surely some whispered Psalms, words born in Hebrew, now shared, a crying from “out of the depths.” It is an island punished by nature but not God forsaken.>>>

Neo-Pagans Get Worship Circle at Air Force Academy

Neo-Pagans Get Worship Circle at Air Force AcademyWitches, Druids and pagans rejoice! The Air Force Academy in Colorado is about to recognize its first Wiccan prayer circle, a Stonehenge on the Rockies that will serve as an outdoor place of worship for the academy's neo-pagans.

TV Viewers of television channel “Novyi vek” named their “treasures of Tuva”

 TV Viewers of television channel “Novyi vek” named their “treasures of Tuva”Television program “Narodnyi Reiting” (People's rating) carried out voting this week about the project “Nine Treasures”, which was announced by the head of Tuva, Sholban Kara-ool, on January 13. the viewers of the channel were asked to make up their list of the main treasures of Tuav. “They suggested the Tuvan language, shamanism, the Center of Asia monument,- said the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Plyus Inform”, Elvira Lifanova, who is also an adviser to the Chairman of the Government, to Tuva Online. – but most of the votes went to khoomei, Tuvan throat singing.”>>>

Air Force Academy Gives Pagans, Druids and Wiccans Place To Worship

Air Force Academy Gives Pagans, Druids and Wiccans Place To WorshipThe Air Force Academy has set aside an outdoor worship area for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other Earth-centered believers, school officials said Monday.
A double circle of stones atop a hill on the campus near Colorado Springs has been designated for the group, which previously met indoors.
"Being with nature and connecting with it is kind of the whole point," said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, who sponsors the group and describes himself as a Pagan. "It will dramatically improve that atmosphere, the mindset and the actual connection.">>>