Wicca, censorship, and the library

[So, one of my goals this year is to update this blog weekly on average. I did not quite expect to start with this topic, though.]

I’ve just seen a number of news stories come across my professional blog RSS feed about the case of a resident of Salem, Missouri (Anaka Hunter) who (supported by the ACLU) has sued both the library and various other named parties (including the library director) for blocking reasonable access to material – namely information about Wicca and Native American religious practices, among other topics.

 Ars Technica has an excellent overview, and links to the PDF of the complaint.

Reading the stories I’ve seen so far, I have both a few questions – and the thought that a lot of people don’t know how libraries are supposed to handle this sort of thing, or what the common considerations around filtering/etc. are in public … Continue reading

New Seeking posts

A little housekeeping – I’ve added some new pages to the Seeking portion of my website in the last six weeks or so.

As always, I’m totally up for suggestions or “Hey, would you talk about X?” assuming that time/energy/site focus are a good fit. (But in general, someone saying “Hey, would you ramble about X?” is a good way to encourage me to do it.) I do have an ongoing list of things I’m looking to discuss, as well.

In the Practices area:

The shiny new project

Hi! This would be the announcement of the shiny new project that’s been occupying a lot of my spare time on and off since August. It’s actually not all that secret – I’ve had a link in the header here for a while, and I’ve mentioned it (usually in relation to specific pages) on several forums over the last few months.

Welcome to Seeking: First Steps and Tools at http://gleewood.org/seeking . It contains 107 (and counting) separate articles about general Pagan topics, with a focus on getting started in religious witchcraft paths. They work from basic definitions, to a series of articles on connecting with other Pagans, to a selection of core and common practices (and some ideas on how to start with them), to broader questions that come up a lot, and where I wanted to collect my answers and thoughts.

And welcome to its new sister site, … Continue reading

I love your blog

Much thanks to Cat over at MetaPagan for including me on her list of favorites! The way this goes is:

  • Put the logo on your blog.
  • Link to the person from whom you received the award.
  • Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
  • Put links to those blogs on yours.
  • Leave a message on the blogs nominated.
  • I read a number of blogs. Several of those I’d otherwise include on this list – Pandora’s Bazaar, The Wild Hunt, and of course, MetaPagan itself – have already been tapped by this. So, here, a few others (in no particular order but my whim and the order I pulled tabs up.)

    1) Dianne Sylvan’s Dancing Down the Moon. I’ve known Sylvan online for years now, and always love reading … Continue reading