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The Continued War on Sanity in Loudon County

You’ll never guess who’s missing:

Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) presented a drawing made by his teenage daughter of what the display could be, including children representing each faith and holiday—Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Kwanzaa, Aethism, and Sikhism—and holding a symbol of their beliefs, with a Christmas tree in the background. Reid said he was not offering it up as an actual option, but said it was more a representation of how each of the major religions could be represented in the display.

You know, I never ceased to be amazed at the lengths some people will go to in order to ignore simple solutions. What Loudon County needs to do is to keep holiday displays off of county property. Simple. If churches, private businesses, and individuals want to put up holiday displays on their own property, that’s fine. But there is NO REASON why county property has to be used to put up holiday displays. And, if there were some incredible reason to put up a holiday display (to promote holiday shopping or community good will or whatever), an led-lit snowman surrounded by giant candy canes and snowflakes would do just fine. You want your holiday display? There, you got one. (Of course the Dominionists will just complain that Jesus is the Reason for the Season and it’s terrible to leave Jesus out. Which leads me back to my first point.)

Stop for a minute and consider the amount of time of money being spent on this nonsense by a county that, like most counties in America, has had to cut back on basic services. And, regardless of what display someone’s teen-age daughter creates (/rolls eyes), the Dominionists won’t be happy and the First Amendment WILL get trampled on and the county will likely end up spending more time and money in court. Intelligent county officials could make this case and explain that, as a prudent use of tax dollars, there will be no holiday displays on county property. The Dominionists could bitch for a few years and, eventually, no one would even remember that the Christians used to get to take over county property to impose their religion on everyone else.

What is so difficult about that???????

/hat tip to my madcap friend, R.

Picture found here.

I Will Live Within the Wheel of the Year, No Matter How Hard this Culture Pushes Me.

Several Pagan bloggers have written recently about this liminal time on the Wheel of the Year, between Samhein and Yule. And I agree with their point that we’re too ready, in this culture, to rush from Samhein to Yule when, in fact, we would benefit so much from being present in, and simply enjoying, this end-of-Autumn (at least that’s what it really is, here, in the Mystical MidAtlantic) period.

I’ve written recently about how I view the Winter Holiday season. (Briefly, there are two things going on at the same time. On the one hand, many religions, mine included, have religious holidays at this time of year. And, on the other hand, our society has a secular holiday at about the same time of year that involves getting together with family and friends, exchanging greetings and gifts, enjoying Winter activities, etc. The only problem is that we use the same name for the religious holiday of the dominant religion and for the secular holiday.) However you view it, one thing that almost all of us (and women, especially) deal with, at this time of year, is overload.

Every professional acquaintance that I have gives parties this month. Half a dozen of my lovely neighbors have open houses this month. G/Son’s school has two (count them, two) different programs this month (And I would walk on broken glass to go hear that five-year-old sing and to see his play. I was recently talking w/ a friend at work who was (feeling conflicted about) leaving early to go to her son’s basketball game. I told her that I made a lot of mistakes as a mom, but one thing that I did right was to commit to myself to get to almost every single one of Son’s track meets, band concerts, awards dinners, etc. (He was a great kid. He was a much better runner than trumpet player, but the quality of the performance is NOT what matters here.)). Meanwhile, there’s pressure to send out Holiday cards, to buy (or to finish creating) gifts, to make travel plans, to bake cookies, etc., etc., etc. And, at least in my profession, there’s pressure to finish up projects by the end of the calendar year.

It’s too much.

The older that I get, the more of it that I pare away. And, yet, just over the horizon, there’s still the threat of overload, the temptation to add “just one more thing” to the calendar, to my to-do list, to my credit card.

Which leads (finally) to my point (and, as Ellen says, “I do have one.”) It’s a bit counterintuitive, but this too-harried time of the year is exactly when it’s most important for us to spend time every day at our altars, to sit with the trees, to get on the treadmill (6:30 am, dark o’clock, every morning this month or bust. (I watch Carey’s video everytime that I think that it’s “too much,” to go walk on the treadmill.)) That’s my goal and I’m sticking to it.), to breathe, ground, return to center, to be here now. And if that means showing up at the neighbor’s open house w/o home baked cookies, OK. I’ll buy it and never count the cost. If it means that I don’t get to my favorite economic consultants’ big holiday bash, that’s OK. If it means that I trade some tree-hugging time for work time, I’ll do the (even more difficult) work to make my competitive, Sun-in-Tenth-Houseself live (and, honest, if you don’t think that this is real work, well, come sit at MY altar) with that.

What will you do this season to ensure that you stay in balance?