Upcoming event:  Once again, its (almost) time for Pagan Values Blogging Month!

What are the Ethics, the Virtues, and Values that Contemporary Paganism has taught you to cherish, to live, to bring with you in your every interaction with the world?  What do you do, inspired by these values?  What adventures, or misadventures, has your Paganism and the Values and Virtues and Ethics it has inspired led you too?  What and who have you encountered on your spiritual and moral journey as a Pagan?  How have you acted upon these Values.  What have you done inspired by these Virtues?  What wrestling matches have you had when these Ethics encountered the real world?

(from the Pagan Values Blogject)

I’ve participated in this before, in 2011 and 2009, blogging on the values that are central to our family (hospitality, service, integrity, and conservation) as well as those that I think are uniquely represented in the wider Pagan umbrella  (espect, plurality, sacredness, and experiental gnosis).  This year I’m planning to write on several personal values and how they are informed by and in turn inform my spiritual and religious beliefs…and I challenge you to do the same (even if you happen to be one of my non-Pagan readers)!

Right now I’m (re)reading…

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (but were afraid they’d ask): The secrets to Surviving your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens by Justin Richardson and Mark A Schuster

When the weather is under the weather:

We’ve managed to get outside between showers, but mostly we’ve been stuck in the house a bit more than usually this week. And today looks to be no different. Its not raining now, but its been dreadfully humid and the combination of humidity and this never ending allergy season is doing a number on my bronchitis, and I can’t handle outdoors+kids at the moment. The clouds look like they are breaking up though, so we might be headed to the beach after lunch, if the humidity seems to letting up.

Movie of the Day:

We were recently the recipients of a box of kids VHS movies from a person on Freecycle, about half of which were old Disney movies. And just in time, since we’ve been inside so much! The kids are now watching Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and enjoying it immensely.

What’s for lunch:

I’ve gone back to putting out a tray with veggies and fruits and a few crackers and some cheese as a buffet style snack around 9:45 or so (and then putting it out again for an afternoon snack around 3:30), which is when we usually have snack before we go outside for the morning, and since we’ve been inside today…they’ve finished it off. All together, they’ve demolished an apple, an orange, a banana, celery with peanut butter and dried cranberries (fire ants on a log), a handful of two different kinds of crackers, grapes, carrot sticks, sliced mango, peanut butter and jelly pinwheels and green pepper slices. Extended snacking lunch was apparently on the agenda today!

Tarot Card of the Day:

The Fool, from the Transparent Tarot by Emily Carding, which represents the traditional meanings of this card, as expressed in symbolism of the butterfly. As the author states, “The butterfly and its incredible journey from caterpillar to chrysalis to winged beauty is a powerful symbol of transformation, and it is that potential for transformation that the Fool represents.”

A Parting Thought:

Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For thir souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness.
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.
― Khalil Gibran