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Blog of the Grateful Bear

ramblings of a freelance panentheist {"all things are in God, and God is in all things"} . . . musings on Emergent spirituality, powerlifting, LGBTQueer issues, contemplative prayer, mysticism, cats, music, healing, and more. I like my coffee and my existentialism dark-roasted.

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Location: Marietta, Georgia, United States

I'm an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. My writings on queer spirituality have been published in Whosoever and several other magazines. I live in a house-in-the-woods (Bear's Hermitage) in Marietta with Leonidas (Lenny) and Guy, Mighty Warrior Cats, and way too many books.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Werewolf Priest, part 2

“Of course life is meaningless,” said the werewolf priest. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t experience meaningful moments. Flashes of grace in an otherwise graceless world.”

“Meaningful moments? Really?” sneered the vampire. “You sound like a Hallmark card.”

“Why are you vampires always so morose?”

“Because we know what it is like to be cursed with immortality. How can you talk of faith from the pulpit on Sunday and meaninglessness on Monday?”

“Faith is where those flashes of grace, those moments of meaning, originate. And my faith is what helps me recognize them when they appear. Here comes the waitress.”

The vampire looked up at the waitress and pointed to the menu. “I’ll have the porterhouse, rare. Extremely rare.”

The werewolf priest snickered. “You’re so predictable,” he said, then he turned to the waitress and said “I’ll have the same.”


Monday, April 16, 2012

Outrage & Beauty

There's a bumper sticker that has been popular in activist circles since the 1970's: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." Today I saw the Tea Party version: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying taxes." I think there's a lot of truth to both bumper stickers! But I don't want to live in a state of outrage or perpetual anger. I'm trying to find a balance, a way of using the anger to do something constructive, then letting it go so I can enjoy my everyday life. That's why I participate in protests, prayer vigils, and workshops about fighting injustices and helping bring about positive change. I don't want to be one of those people who always complain about injustices but never DO anything positive. And I don't want to let those injustices rob me of the joy of living. As Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." Yes, you'll find the CD box set of Rage Against the Machine in my car, but you'll also find the box set of Thomas Tallis, who composed beautiful classical and liturgical music in the Tudor era. There's a lot of injustice in this world, but there is also a lot of beauty.

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