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Twas the Evening of Samhain (Yoinked from naedyschannirra)

Oct. 27th, 2008 | 05:07 pm
posted by: ericsilverbear in af_pagans

’Twas the evening of Samhain, and all through the place
Were Pagans preparing the ritual space.
The candles were set in the corners with care,
In hopes that the Watchtowers soon would be there.
We all had our robes on, as is habitual
And had just settled down and were starting our ritual
When out on the porch there arose such a chorus
That we went to the door, and waiting there for us
Were children in costumes of various kinds
With visions of chocolate bright in their minds.

In all of our workings, we’d almost forgot,
But we had purchased candy, we’d purchased a LOT
And so, as they flocked from all over the street,
They all got some chocolate or something else sweet.
We didn’t think twice of delaying our rite,
Kids just don’t have this much fun every night.
For hours they came, with the time-honored schtick,
Of giving a choice: a treat or a trick.
As is proper, the parents were there for the games,
Watching the children and calling their names.
“On Vader, On Leia,
On Dexter and DeeDee,
On Xena, on Buffy,
On Casper and Tweety!
To the block of apartments on the neighboring road
You’ll get so much candy, you’ll have to be towed!”

The volume of children eventually dropped,
And as it grew darker, it finally stopped.
But as we prepared to return to our rite,
One child more stepped out of the night.
She couldn’t have been more than twelve or thirteen.
Her hair was deep red, and her robe, forest green
With a simple gold cord tying off at the waist.
She’d a staff in her hand and a smile on her face.
No make-up, nor mask, or accompanying kitsch,
So we asked who she was; she replied, “A Witch!
And no, I don’t fly through the sky on my broom,
I only use that thing for cleaning my room.
My magical powers aren’t really that neat,
And I won’t threaten tricks; I’ll just ask for a treat.”
We found it refreshing, so we gave incense cones,
A candle, a crystal, a few other stones,
And the rest of the candy which might fill a van
She turned to her father, a man dressed as Pan
And laughed, “Yes, I know, Dad, it’s past time for bed,”
And started to leave, but she first turned and said,
“I’m sorry for further delaying your rite.
Blessed Samhain to all, and a magical night.”

Copyright (c) 1999 by Cather Steincamp

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COMDT USCG introduces social media initiative

Sep. 24th, 2008 | 02:58 am
posted by: ericsilverbear in af_pagans

THIS is the project I've been working on. I really love this guy! He is so brilliant and aware of the realities around us. He is the best Commandant I've seen, and perhaps the best the Coast Guard ever has had.

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OZ colon cancer surgery scheduled

Aug. 27th, 2008 | 09:18 pm
mood: hopefulhopeful
posted by: ericsilverbear in af_pagans

From Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
8/27/08 report

To all my dear Friends,

After a bit of concern regarding my surgeon's vacation plans, and the possibility that he wouldn't be able to do this surgery until Sept. 15 when he returns, we got it all worked out today. I've been on a liquid diet all day, and tonight I'll be drinking Citrate of Magnesium. Tomorrow morning (Thurs., 8/28), at 10:00 am, I'll be checking into the Petaluma Valley Hospital in Petaluma, CA, where they'll hook me up to an IV and begin the prep work.

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Apr. 17th, 2006 | 07:09 am
posted by: m_hellcat in af_pagans

I know there's already two communities for military pagans, but they haven't been used in a while it seems. I started this community because I don't know any other openly pagans in the military. Just looking for support/advice. I leave in July for basic, so if this community does get going, I'll leave it in the hands of a member or a friend who's trustworthy. Please join right in. I'll talk to most people :D

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