A Theology for our times ???

As I periodically do, I am re-reading Gregory Shaw’s gorgeous book “Theurgy and the Soul”: The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus”.  I first read it years ago, doing the undergrad work for my second BA, this one in Religious Studies rather than Anthropology as was the first.  I remember the sense of astounding revelation of that first…

Row that boat

So, I fled from Gatineau to my daughter’s in Toronto because of the flood. While the apartment building I live in was still high and dry, I was surrounded by water on all four sides. And across the main highway, where there is a cycle and pedestrian path, that path had been flooded to the…

Search! Explorations of a Spiritual Anthropologist

This post begins a new chapter, one of pulling together various strands into a unified whole.  Specifically, my background in both Religious Studies and in Anthropology applied to the question – the burning question – of what would the best thing be to do in this new era – both of the “Anthropocene” and in…

Do only “the enhanced” survive?

Very recently I picked up a DVD, the third in the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy (“there was never just one”). I got it on the cheap up at the Pointe, here in Gatineau and I have used it mainly to practice my French.  My method, along with DuoLingo (and a dictionary, and French for…

The Prodigal Writer Returns – again!

Well hello all, again!!! I don’t seem to be able to hang in here on a regular or consistent basis, do I?  The writer’s life can sometimes feel like an obstacle course, at least to me, it can.  As most of you might know, I am the mother of a grown daughter – who happens…

The Jeopardy of the academy

I came to Ottawa/Gatineau a year ago to do a doctoral program in Religious Studies.  It was a four year program and I was guaranteed both full tuition and support in the form of TAships, predicated on my Summa Cum Laude graduation, just past, and my earlier graduate work in a different field.   But, after…