Steveawiggins

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  • Sects and Violence in the Ancient World http://sawiggins.wordpress.com/

    A blog that tries to find intelligent things to say about religion and related subjects.

LATEST ARTICLES ( 2537 )

  • Amityville Rehaunted

    Amityville Rehaunted

    One of the problems with scarce resources is the desire not to squander any of them. Time is so rare these days that I keep multiple writing projects going... Read more

    Posted on 22 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Home Phone?

    Home Phone?

    I wonder if anyone’s done a study on how cell phones affect our psyches. The other day my wife upgraded her phone. What with this being technology and all, the... Read more

    Posted on 21 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Thoughts on a Book Signing

    Thoughts Book Signing

    I’m a small-town boy. Having the opportunity to hold a book signing, even if nobody requested said signing at the event, in the oldest continuously operated... Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Local Hauntings

    Local Hauntings

    In my on-going research (as I think of it), I watched The Haunting in Connecticut. I recently wrote about A Haunting in Connecticut, distinguished from the... Read more

    Posted on 19 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Seasonal Music

    Seasonal Music

    Music is deeply, deeply personal. That’s why I don’t write much about it. There are pieces, I swear, if someone walked in to shoot me when I was listening to... Read more

    Posted on 18 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Fly Away

    Away

    Humans can be quite likable, but we have some nasty traits. One is that we tend to think of ourselves as the only intelligent beings on the planet. Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Shortchanging Halloween

    Shortchanging Halloween

    In a local mall over the weekend where Christmas decorations were being uncrated, I felt cheated. Now I’m not naive enough to suppose retailers can get by... Read more

    Posted on 16 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Trolls and Tolls

    Trolls Tolls

    Fall creeps up on me every year. I like to have an array of seasonal books to read so that when it arrives I’ll be ready. With house repair costs this year... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Dayglow

    Dayglow

    Yellow and orange leaves on a damp pavement. A sky claustrophobically occluded with gray clouds. A decided chill in the air. All you have to do is add a few... Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Im Peaches and Whatnot

    Peaches Whatnot

    Like most thinking people I’m wondering what’s wrong with our government. If such wrong-doing were so out in the open any of the rest of us would be in jail, bu... Read more

    Posted on 13 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Digital First

    Digital First

    Publishers these days are all yammering about being “digital first.” Now, I use technology when I write these days, despite the fact that I am coerced to shut... Read more

    Posted on 12 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Spiritual Fear

    Spiritual Fear

    There’s an old adage that if a headline asks a question the implied answer is “No.” I’ve found that to be true, largely. I hoped differently when I saw the... Read more

    Posted on 11 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Haunted State

    Haunted State

    Some few years back, when FYE was still a thing, I’d hunt for bargains at our local. I came across a two-for-one DVD that seemed promising, but when I got it... Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Anthropocene

    Anthropocene

    The word “Anthropocene” has been showing up quite a bit lately. For a period of many years I was an avid, self-taught amateur geologist. In my dreams I still am... Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • This Is a Test

    This Test

    For the next sixty seconds…  (If you were born after Civil Defense aired these commercials, it’s your loss.)  I’ve been reading about animal intelligence—there... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Weird Publishing

    Weird Publishing

    It’s a weird world. Publishing, I mean. In the early days of shock and angst after Nashotah House, when it had become clear that UWOsh—the University of... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Trailing Art

    Trailing

    One of the many trails that wend their way through Ithaca is the Art Trail. (The town finds waypoints on the wine and beer trails of the southern tier as well,... Read more

    Posted on 06 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Conservation?

    Conservation?

    I am not a conservative. There, I’ve said it. You have very little control over who your parents are or how they raise you. As I confessed here many times, I wa... Read more

    Posted on 05 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Sun Out

    Okay, so this gave me a scare. I mean, I know our government keeps secrets, but sun outages seemed pretty major to me. Like maybe we ought to make a run on... Read more

    Posted on 04 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Bibliographic Blues

    Bibliographic Blues

    Now, I don’t know how often you have to compile a bibliography, but it’s harder than it used to be. Some time ago—my hardware’s a bit aged, so I can’t remember... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY