Monday, November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018


Now that Halloween is over, we should ask:  What was Halloween all about?  And what does it celebrate?

It celebrates the dark tunnel & the life at the end of the tunnel; the short time from night to day; the longer time from winter to spring; and the longest time of all for each of us- from birth to death and then back to life again.

Halloween night, October 31.

All Saint’s Day, Nov. 1.

All Soul’s Day & the Day of the Dead, Nov. 2.

All of these holidays celebrate the same thing: the dark tunnel & the life at the end of the tunnel.

And so, think about death, my friends, but embrace & celebrate life.

And be glad, so very glad, to be alive!

JLS

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November 3, 2018


Greetings Dark Friends & Colleagues!

My little meditative, speculative essay: Three Creatures- Speculations for University & College Writing Instructors (Oct, 2018) is something that all of you should look at.

I introduce Michael, Sally & Chilli, three unusual children in an imaginary class that I will be teaching in the future, say 81, 432 CE, give or take a century.

Well past the time when humans & the alien races from other planets & in other dimensions had discovered each another & learned to coexist in harmony on the earth.

But well before the time when the sun will become a supernova & humankind’s short reign on the earth will come to a close.

Please enjoy; and please learn.


JLS

Saturday, October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018


Ray Bradbury, the patron saint of Halloween, writes about the autumn people:

"For some, autumn comes early, stays late through life where October follows September and November touches October and then instead of December......September comes again and old October and so on down the years.... such are the autumn people."

I am an autumn person...there are times when we're all autumn people, with our long thoughts of life & death at night as the wind blows, speaking with the voices of those we once loved that have passed beyond....

JLS

Friday, September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018


As some of you know, I am finishing up my studies for a third master's degree- a Masters in Education at AMU.

I've created two Prezi Presentations on education related themes that incorporate some of my deliciously gothic images.

Here is the first one: “Whole Class, Teacher Led Collaboration Model, September 23, 2018.


Here is the second one: “Classroom Management Plan”, September 30, 2018.


JLS

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August 29 2018


Reverend John Hale of Beverly, in The Crucible, makes the statement: “The Devil is precise; the marks of his Presence are definite as stone.”

But is he, & are they?  I think not. 

The Devil is chaos personified- part & parcel of the Dionysian Great Mother- Female, not Male, Goddess not God (which is why Baphomet has breasts, as some of you have observed & accepted as accure).

What is really precise is to think for yourselves.  To make up your own minds.  To accept yourselves, as deep down, autumn people- thinking autumn thoughts; keeping autumn shrines.

During this Halloween season, celebrate the Devil if you must.  Or celebrate God, if you need to.

But God, Goddess, Devil, Demon, come as you are & as only imperfect shadow-puppets.

You, all of you as individuals, are more than the shadow-puppets that you insist on holding in your mind & subjugating yourself to.

You are the God & the Devil.

So, celebrate that!

JLS


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August 7, 2018


This is August- the season of Lammas & the first, faint stirrings of the darkness and of my favorite season, autumn.

Time to get rid of people who bring you down & stop you from realizing the uniqueness & the divinity that is your birthright.  

Cast them out, my friends!

Use "The Spell of the Black Witch Doll”.  

But don't kill them, just cast them away & keep them away.

JLS