Growing Closer

by OMS Patriarch
Sybok Pendderwydd

Isaac Bonewits, 1949-2010
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of the iconic Isaac Bonewits, who died after a long battle with cancer. He was 60 years old. He was the founder of ADF, a writer, blogger, and an inspiration to myriads of Neo-Druids, including those of us in the Reformed Druids of Gaia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Like Obi Wan Kenobi, I believe he will be greater in death than he was in life, as his books and writings will live on for millennia to come.

This is from Oberon Zell's Facebook page:
"Please send love, peace, and healing to Phaedra. She's totally devastated. She told me that she finally found her true soulmate, and was looking forward to a long life of companionship with him - as MG and I have had. And to have him taken from her so soon - she’s shattered. And of course, there is Isaac’s son, Arthur, who ...has grown into a fine young man. And now to lose his father just as he is coming of age…"

I'm addicted to Farmville. I play every day, sometimes, well, many times, more than once. Most of the players in my group are Pagan and many are Druids. So it comes as quite a shock to me that many of my fellow players don't reflect Pagan values in their farms. "It's just a game," you might say. Is it 'just a game?' I personally try to reflect my Pagan values, towards the environment, towards animal justice, etc., in my farm. For example, I limit my animals to barns, and don't try to assemble as many as possible into as small a space as possible. I also allow the ones I have outside of barns to walk freely. It's a lot less profitable that way, but I think much more rewarding to exercise one's spiritual values even in a virtual world. Of course, as always, ymmv.

Another game I started is Frontierville, another game by Zynga offered to the Facebook community. The object here is that you are building a frontier town in the old west. I only lasted about two weeks, as the game kept insisting that I clearcut the trees on my little property. As a Druid I just can't do that, so I quit.

Net Neutrality
Since Google has decided to throw us all under the bus, and enter into an unholy alliance with Verizon, I've decided I can no longer support Google. As of now my blog, "Views From the Redwood Coast" has now moved to a Wordpress blog on I will also be gradually eliminating all of my other Google accounts as well. I hope you will join me.

May the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.

Druid Sybok Pendderwydd, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star

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